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Democracy in postwar Japan [electronic resource] : Maruyama Masao and the search for autonomy /
Rikki Kersten.
imprint
London ; New York : Routledge, 1996.
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xiv, 289 p. ; 23 cm.
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0415117534
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London ; New York : Routledge, 1996.
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0415117534
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
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11353703
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [234]-259]) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1997-01-01:
Kersten (Japanese history, Univ. of Sydney) explores debates among the intelligentsia concerning Japan's new postwar parliamentary democracy by examining the writings of Maruyama, a liberal idealist professor (Tokyo Univ.). The major focus of Maruyama's writings lay on the elements of personal and social autonomy. He deplored Japan's prewar and early postwar parliamentary style, in which he saw a populace too submissive to governmental policies of the day. He had no use for the traditional Confucian "naturalistic order," a collection of moral precepts and wisdom (still widely followed throughout Asia) believed to maintain a cosmic balance between heaven and earth. The present study, based on the writer's analysis of Maruyama's writings and on one interview with the scholar himself, is a contribution to the democratic theory of Japan. Although his publications are voluminous, only two of Maruyama's books have been published in English, Thought and Behavior in Modern Japanese Politics (1969), and Studies in the Intellectual History of Tokugawa Japan, tr. by Mikiso Hane (1974). Endnotes, bibliography of Western and Japanese sources, critical examination of Maruyama's publications. Academic readers. C. C. Brett emeritus, Monmouth College (IL)
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IDemocracy in Postwar Japanfocuses on controversial political philosopher Maruyama Masao, one of the principal contributors to post-war Japanese political thought. This book sets his work in the context of Japanese debates about the nature of democracy. Rikki Kersten asserts that the democratic ideal was widely debated from 1945 to 1960 in Japan. She explores the significance of Maruyama's notion of personal and social autonomy and its impact on the development of a distinctively Japanese democratic ideal. The book also shed light on contemporary criticisms of Japan's political system.Democracy in Post-War Japan, based on contemporary documents and on interviews with Mauyama, is the only full-scale analysis of his work and thought to be published in English.
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Democracy in Post-War Japan assesses the development of democracy through the writings of the brilliant political thinker Maruyama Masao. The author explores the significance of Maruyama's notion of personal and social autonomy and its impact on the development of a distinctively Japanese democratic ideal. This book, based on contemporary documents and on interviews with Maruyama, is the only full-scale analysis of his work and thought to be published in English.
Back Cover Copy
Democracy in Post-War Japan assesses the development of democracy through the writings of the brilliant political thinker Maruyama Masao. The author explores the significance of Maruyama's notion of personal and social autonomy and its impact on the development of a distinctively Japanese democratic ideal.This book, based on contemporary documents and on interviews with Maruyama, is the only full-scale analysis of his work and thought to be published in English.
Main Description
Democracy in Post-War Japanassesses the development of democracy through the writings of the brilliant political thinker Maruyama Masao. The author explores the significance of Maruyama's notion of personal and social autonomy and its impact on the development of a distinctively Japanese democratic ideal. This book, based on contemporary documents and on interviews with Maruyama, is the only full-scale analysis of his work and thought to be published in English.
Table of Contents
Series editor's preface
Acknowledgements
Introductionp. 1
Defeat and democracy in postwar Japan: The war responsibility debatep. 13
The search for autonomy: Maruyama Masao and the Japanese pastp. 49
Maruyama, Marx and the shutaisei debatep. 78
Modernisation: the acquisition of autonomyp. 109
Fascism: the antithesis of democracyp. 137
Pacifism, autonomy and the logic of democracyp. 164
Democracy in crisis: the security treaty crisis of 1960p. 199
Conclusionp. 231
Bibliographiesp. 234
Maruyama Masao: critical Bibliographyp. 260
Indexp. 287
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