By Julia Adeney Thomas
Thomas's theoretically subtle examine rejects the supposition that modernity is the ideological antithesis of nature, overcoming the determinism of the actual setting via know-how and releasing denatured matters from the chains of biology and culture. In making "nature" to be had as a serious time period for political research, this e-book yields new insights into prewar Japan's failure to accomplish liberal democracy, in addition to another technique of knowing modernity and the placement of non-Western countries inside of it.
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Reconfiguring Modernity: Concepts of Nature in Japanese Political Ideology (Twentieth Century Japan: The Emergence of a World Power) by Julia Adeney Thomas