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Monster of the Twentieth CenturyKōtoku Shūsui and Japan's First Anti-Imperialist Movement$
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Robert Thomas Tierney

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780520286344

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520286344.001.0001

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In the Shadow of Revolution

In the Shadow of Revolution

(p.15) In the Shadow of Revolution
Monster of the Twentieth Century

Robert Thomas Tierney

University of California Press

In this chapter, I offer a general overview of the evolution of the thought of Kōtoku Shūsui by considering the principal events of his life and the social background for his thought. I begin by considering his idea of revolution and his thinking about the Meiji Restoration, a historical event that he called a “revolution,” even though he lamented that it was a failed and incomplete one. I also examine the reaction of Kōtoku and other early socialists to Western expansion into Asia and the development of capitalism in Japan.

Keywords:   revolution, Meiji Restoration, anti-imperialism, Nakae Chōmin, capitalism, global anti-imperialism, pan-Asianism

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