Japan's Orient Rendering Pasts into History

ISBN-10: 0520201701
ISBN-13: 9780520201705
Edition: 1993
Authors: Stefan Tanaka
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Book details

List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 2/8/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 318
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Stefan Tanaka examines how late nineteenth and early twentieth century Japanese historians created the equivalent of an "Orient" for their new nation state. He argues that the Japanese attempted to use a variety of pasts--Chinese, Indian, and proto-historic Japanese--to construct an identity that was both modern and Asian.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Discovery of History
Finding Equivalence
From Kangaku to Toyoshi: The Search for History
Toyoshi: The Convergence of East and West
Creating Difference
Interlude: Difference and Tradition
Shina: The Separation of Japan from China
Shina: The Narration of Japan's Emergence
Shina: The Authorization of a Discourse
Archeology: The Institutionalization of Shina
Epilogue: The Renovation of the Past
Works Cited
Index

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