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Reconfiguring ModernityConcepts of Nature in Japanese Political Ideology$
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Julia Adeney Thomas

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520228542

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520228542.001.0001

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Early Meiji’s Contentious Natures

Early Meiji’s Contentious Natures

(p.60) Chapter 3 Early Meiji’s Contentious Natures
Reconfiguring Modernity

Julia Adeney Thomas

University of California Press

This chapter examines the contentious conception of nature in Japan during the early Meiji era. It attempts to provide a rough guide to nature's chaotic career in the early Meiji period in order to underscore how volatile conditions were. The chapter argues that that the contentious efforts to reconstruct the relationship between politics and nature demonstrate how deeply and completely Japan's cosmopolis was being reconfigured during these years. It explains that the variegated concepts of nature during the Tokugawa period were dissolved in the early years of Meiji as Japan expanded physically and intellectually.

Keywords:   nature, Japan, Meiji era, politics, cosmopolis, Tokugawa period

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