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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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Ultranational Nature: Dead Time and Dead Space

Ultranational Nature: Dead Time and Dead Space

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(p.179) Chapter 8 Ultranational Nature: Dead Time and Dead Space
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Reconfiguring Modernity
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Julia Adeney Thomas

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520228542.003.0008

This chapter describes the ultranational nature of wartime Japan and traces the origins of this concept to the decade after the Russo-Japanese War. It argues that twentieth-century Japan did not inherit its concept of nature nor did it choose nature as such against the onslaught of Western culture. The chapter explains that a particular concept of nature was crafted in the early years of the twentieth century partly in reaction to foreign ideas such as Social Darwinism and events such as the Russo-Japanese War, partly in reaction to domestic threats to oligarchic power, and partly through the creative use of past images and current philosophies.

Keywords:   ultranational nature, wartime Japan, Russo-Japanese War, Western culture, Social Darwinism, oligarchic power

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