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Conflict in Modern Japanese History: The Neglected Tradition

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Edited by Tetsuo NAJITA and J. Victor KOSCHMANN
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First published by Princeton University Press in 1982, this volume depicts the conflict and uncertainty that have bedeviled modern Japan. The eighteen contributors explore dissent, secession, and conflict first in the 1850s and 1860s, when the Tokugawa regime gave way to the Meiji government, and then from the end of the Russo-Japanese War through the mid-1920s. Includes an introduction by Tetsuo Najita and concluding chapter by J. Victor Koschmann. | 472 pages


Introduction: A Synchronous Approach to the Study of Conflict in Modern Japanese History Tetsuo Najita

Part I

  • Ideology as Conflict Harry Harootunian
  • From Reformism to Transformism: Bakufu Policy, 1853-1868 Conrad Totman
  • Action as a Text: Ideology in the Tengu Insurrection J. Victor Koschmann
  • "Men of High Purpose" and the Politics of Direct Action, 1862-1864 Thomas M. Huber
  • The Rise and Fall of the Shogitai: A Social Drama M. William Steele
  • The Social Background of Peasant Uprisings in Tokugawa Japan Hashimoto Mitsuru
  • Yonaoshi in Aizu Stephen Vlastos
  • Pursuing the Millennium in the Meiji Restoration George Wilson

Part II

  • Generational Conflict after the Russo-Japanese War Oka Yoshitake
  • The Bureaucratic State in Japan: The Problem of Authority and Legitimacy Bernard S. Silberman
  • The Emperor and the Crowd: The Historical Significance of the Hibiya Riot Shumpei Okamoto
  • Growth and Conflict in Japanese Higher Education, 1905-1930 Byron K. Marshall
  • Science, Bureaucracy, and Freedom in Meiji and Taisho Japan James R. Bartholomew
  • The Transformation of the Japanese Labor Market, 1894-1937 Ron Napier
  • In Search of Equity: Japanese Tenant Unions in the 1920s Ann Waswo
  • Liberal Intellectuals and Social Conflict in Taisho Japan Peter Duus

Epilogue: Parts and Wholes J. Victor Koschmann | Index

  • “Presents ‘new ways of comprehending the history of modern Japan’ (from the preface).[Should be] read widely by all who have an interest in modern Japanese history.” — Journal of Japanese Studies
  • “Offer[s] expert studies of infinite variety—peasant rebellions, insurrections, urban riots, strikes, student disturbances. Reminds [Japan historians] to be concerned not only with the mainstream but [also with] forces of dissent, conflict, and secess." — Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland
  • “[Offers] an entirely new approach to the study of Japanese history. ... The articles are informative and together stimulate thought about the causes of conflict in Japan.” — Monumenta Nipponica
  • “This provocative work probes conflictual events in order to discover their broader significance. ... Carefully researched and intelligently written; a collection of indispensable essays.” — American Historical Review
  • “A challenging and welcome book. ... Provides a perspective on modern Japan worth considering with care.” — Journal of Asian Studies

  • Tetsuo NAJITA is Robert S. Ingersoll Distringuished Professor Emeritus of History and East Asian Language & Civilization at the University of Chicago.
  • J. Victor KOSCHMANN is Professor of History at Cornell University.

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