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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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The Acculturation of Japanese Nature

The Acculturation of Japanese Nature

(p.158) Chapter 7 The Acculturation of Japanese Nature
Reconfiguring Modernity

Julia Adeney Thomas

University of California Press

This chapter explores a hiatus in nature's overt political presence in Japan after around 1890 and until the Russo-Japanese War. It argues that the Social Darwinian concept of nature proved so detrimental to nationalistic aspirations that it was disregarded during the 1890s, and describes the development of a more nationalistic and useful concept of nature related to Japanese culture. The chapter contends that Japan's twentieth-century sense of nature was a new creation configured in reaction against Social Darwinism and in conformity with the requirements of national pride.

Keywords:   nature, Japan, Social Darwinism, national pride, Japanese culture

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