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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

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

Julia Adeney Thomas

University of California Press

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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