A History of Nationalism in Modern Japan: Placing the by Kevin M. Doak

By Kevin M. Doak

This magisterial heritage of eastern nationalism unearths nationalism to be a contested and pluralistic perform that seeks to middle the folks in political lifestyles. It offers a wealth of fundamental resource fabric on how eastern themselves have understood their nationwide identification.

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10 (December 1995): 79-98. 38 Otto Bauer, “The Nationalities Question and Social Democracy,” (1907); reprinted in Omar Dahbour and Micheline R. Ishay, eds, The Nationalism Reader (Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey: The Humanities Press, 1995), 183-91 at 183. 24 CHAPTER ONE many others. ”39 Stalin’s definition was more determinant of a nation (rather than descriptive, as was Bauer’s), in the sense that he did not accept that national character could override these other elements, especially the demands of territory.

Liberal nationalists, including Yanaihara, were drawn to a constructivist notion of national con- REPRESENTING THE PEOPLE 23 sciousness both as a way to limit the claims of the state over the selfexpression of the individual and to condemn biological racism that was founded in the claims of nature. 37 Ethnic nationalism held particular fascination for Marxists and socialists who found in that particular theory of nationalism a valuable tool for their global, political agendas. Worldwide Marxist interest in ethnic nationalism stemmed from disagreements over nationalism that came to the fore at the Congress of the Second International at Basel in 1912.

7 For Aizawa, kokutai was 6 Kano, Kindai nihon shis annai, 30. Kano, Kindai nihon shis annai, 30-32. Although kokutai is often referred to simply as the “body politic,” a rendering that exposes a certain bias towards political representations of national identity like the state, the very debate over the kokutai that began with Aizawa and, as we shall see, escalates throughout subsequent 7 PRECONDITIONS OF NATIONALISM 41 conceived within a neo-Confucian traditional debate over how to decide who the rightful ruler was.

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