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In Japanese Historians and the National Myths, John Brownlee examines how Japanese historians between 1600 and 1945 interpreted the ancient myths of their origins. Ancient tales tell of Japan's creation in the Age of the Gods, and of Jinmu, a direct descendant of the Sun Goddess and first emperor of the imperial line. These founding myths went unchallenged until Confucian scholars in the Tokugawa period initiated a reassessment of the ancient history of Japan. These myths lay at the core of Japanese identity and provided legitimacy for the imperial state. Focusing on the theme of conflict and accommodation between scholars on one side and government and society on the other, Brownlee follows the historians' reactions to pressure and trends and their eventual understanding of history as a science in the service of the Japanese nation.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Note on Usage
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 3-12
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  1. Part 1: The Tokugawa Period
  2. pp. 13-14
  1. 1. Hayashi Razan (1583-1657) and Hayashi Gahō (1618-80): Founders of Modern Historical Scholarship
  2. pp. 15-28
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  1. 2. Dai Nihon Shi [History of Great Japan]
  2. pp. 29-41
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  1. 3. Arai Hakuseki (1657-1725) and Yamagata Bantō (1748-1821): Pure Rationalism
  2. pp. 42-53
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  1. 4. Date Chihiro (1802-77): Three Stages in the History of Japan
  2. pp. 54-60
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  1. 5. The Resistance of the National Scholars
  2. pp. 61-68
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  1. Part 2: The Modern Century
  2. pp. 69-70
  1. 6. European Influences on Meiji Historical Writing
  2. pp. 71-80
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  1. 7. The Beginning of Academic History
  2. pp. 81-91
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  1. 8. The Kume Kunitake Incident, 1890-2
  2. pp. 92-106
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  1. 9. The Development of Academic History
  2. pp. 107-117
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  1. 10. The Southern and Northern Courts Controversy, 1911
  2. pp. 118-130
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  1. 11. Eminent Historians in the 1930s: The Betrayal of Scientific History
  2. pp. 131-179
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  1. 12. The Commission of Inquiry into Historical Sites Related to Emperor Jinmu, 1940
  2. pp. 180-185
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  1. 13. Tsuda Sōkichi (1873-1961): An Innocent on the Loose
  2. pp. 186-200
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  1. Epilogue: Historical Scholarship, Education, and Politics in Postwar Japan
  2. pp. 201-216
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 217-236
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  1. References
  2. pp. 237-250
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 251-256
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780774853613
MARC Record
OCLC
180704225
Pages
266
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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