Bushido Samurai Ethics and the Soul of Japan

ISBN-10: 0486433919

ISBN-13: 9780486433912

Edition: 10th 2004

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Description: At the turn of the 20th century, when Japan was evolving from an isolated feudal society into a modern nation, a Japanese educator wrote this book to introduce the rest of the world to his society's traditional values. Author Inazo Nitob defines bushido, the way of the warrior, as the source of the virtues most admired by his people. In this eloquent work, he takes an eclectic and far-reaching approach, drawing examples from indigenous traditions--Buddhism, Shintoism, Confucianism, and the centuries-old philosophies of samurai and sages--as well as from ancient and modern thinkers of the Western world. Generations of scholars and other readers with an interest in sociology have turned to this classic for an understanding of the soul of Japan.

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Book details

List price: $8.95
Edition: 10th
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/18/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

Educator, cultural interpreter, and civil servant, Inazo Nitobe (1862-1933) was one of the earliest and most famous of the Japanese Quakers. Hoping to serve as a "bridge" between Japan and the West, he studied in the US and in Germany. Nitobe's numerous writings in English made him the best known Japanese writer in the West during his lifetime.

Preface to the Tenth and Revised Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Introduction
Bushido as an Ethical System
Sources of Bushido
Rectitude or Justice
Courage, the Spirit of Daring and Bearing
Benevolence, the Feeling of Distress
Politeness
Veracity and Sincerity
Honour
The Duty of Loyalty
The Education and Training of a Samurai
Self-Control
The Institutions of Suicide and Redress
The Sword, the Soul of the Samurai
The Training and Position of Woman
The Influence of Bushido
Is Bushido Still Alive?
The Future of Bushido
Index
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