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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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Introduction: The Trouble with Nature

Introduction: The Trouble with Nature

(p.1) Chapter 1 Introduction: The Trouble with Nature
Reconfiguring Modernity

Julia Adeney Thomas

University of California Press

This introductory chapter explains the theme of this book, which is about the concept of nature in modern Japanese political ideology. This book re-examines some of the major debates about state ideology in Japan from the early nineteenth century to the early twentieth, the period during which Japan metamorphosed from a semi-feudal world relatively isolated under the rule of daimyo to an industrializing colonial empire. It argues that during this crucial period, the intellectual and political leadership of Japan repeatedly and consciously re-configured the concept of nature.

Keywords:   nature, political ideology, semi-feudal Japan, daimyo, colonial empire, political leadership

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