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

By Kevin M. Doak

This magisterial historical past of jap nationalism unearths nationalism to be a contested and pluralistic perform that seeks to heart the folk in political existence. It offers a wealth of basic resource fabric on how jap themselves have understood their nationwide identification.

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Citing Muir’s effort to define a nation as a “mental condition,” McDougall believed that psychological science could avoid Muir’s failure to adequately explain what a nation is. ’ Go to and 26 Muir, 51. B. Pillsbury, The Psychology of Nationality and Internationalism (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1919), 22. 28 Conservatives and Marxists might accept this situation as reality, but not liberals like McDougall. ”29 McDougall understood that this definition of a nation required that he then offer some analysis of what “a national mind” is and how it functions.

Yet, in the hands of Yanaihara Tadao, both conceptual and territorial, ethnic and civic aspects of the nation were mobilized to assert an anti-imperialist theory of nationalism that was independent of Stalinist agendas. 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.

Thus, from the outset, he lumped minzoku nationalism together with patriotism and other expressions of nationalism, and referred to the topic not as minzokushugi, kokkashugi or kokuminshugi, but through the English 48 On these early postwar Marxist ethnic nationalists, see Curtis Andeson Gayle, Marxist History and Postwar Japanese Nationalism (London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2003) and my own article, “What is a Nation and Who Belongs: National Narratives and the Ethnic Imagination in Twentieth-Century Japan,” The American Historical Review, vol.

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