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Of World War II Available for the first time in paperback this study examines how this ideology evolved Carol Gluck argues that the process of formulating and communicating new national values was less consistent than is usually supposed By immersing the reader in the talk. This is an excellent work by Carol Gluck which maps out the development of official state ideology in Meiji era Japan The clear attention to detail and the way in which individual chapters are structured make this both an illuminating and accessible book I would highly recommend it as a key source on understanding the ideological development of early modern Japan

characters Japan's Modern Myths

Japan's Modern Myths

Ideology played a momentous role in modern Japanese history Not only did the elite of imperial Japanwork hard to influence the people to yield as the grasses before the wind but historians of modern Japan later identified these efforts as one of the underlying pathologies. Gluck s Japan s Modern Myths is packed with historical details and while I didn t find it written in luminous prose as described by Marius Janeson a blurb author on the back cover I did find it an engaging read Carol Gluck is a phenomenal academic To describe the various sources from bureaucrats to minkan journalists intellectuals public figures from Shint shrines to the emperor from which the ideologies of citizenship education morals and occupation are made in such clean linear lines reuires a prowess I have not yet achieved I give credit where credit is due In the end she distills the various and often competing sources for ideology into a grammar describing the creation shared of ideological meaning asThree kinds of interactions can be identified in the process that produced a universe of shared significance from diverse ideological formulations The first emerged from the stressed parts of ideological speech what is here called the middle of the message the second from the unstressed elements that often appeared as the dependent clauses of ideological utterance and the third from the unarticulated elements identified here as the deep social meanings that made ideological discourse comprehensible to those who participated in it These interactions like a grammar of ideology characterized the process by which the common ideological language was continuously produced 249My favorite discussion of the book was of course her descriptions of social foundations in chapter six The worry over inappropriate reading materials a conseuence of growing literacy in the 1900s is intriguing as were the impacts of education on desirable traits for womenYoung woman who insisted on too much education and attended women s higher schools were described as less marriageable less prepared for their role as good wife wise mother and in general as females not suited to the countryside 168 Japan s Modern Myths reuires a dedicated reader one who enjoys the intellectual work reuired by complex analytical presentation What s nice about this is that the text makes the time and effort worth it

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And thought of Japan's Modern PDFEPUB or the late Meiji period Professor Gluck recreates the diversity of ideological discourse experienced by Japanese of the time The result is a new interpretation of the views of politics and the nation in imperial Japan Japan uarterly.. I have to preface this review by saying that I should probably re read it at some point in the near future and then read it again Gluck s text can be uite dense which is one reason I lowered it to four stars instead of the five it deserves She outlines some of her central theory and then backs it up with a plethora of research supported by a vast amount of primary sources This is a very good thing showing excellent historiography yet it can sometimes be a little daunting or overwhelming for someone like me who has currently settled down after only obtaining a BA The other reason I gave it four stars is because while I can t say her book is outdated as I wholeheartedly agree with her central thesis and I haven t read anything that seriously contests it it is an older text so her ideas aren t exactly revolutionary by now Any serious student of Japanese History should be able to understand the central concepts without much surpriseNow on to the book itself Gluck s central premise is that ideology is of a process than a thing While ideology began to emerge in the late Meiji Period it did not appear ex nihilo nor did it end with the death of the Emperor Ideology had been continuously evolving and adapting throughout the late Meiji Period in response to material realities Gluck exemplifies this by demonstrating that the efforts of ideologues were debated and challenged by the reality of time Some notable examples include the failed attempt to separate politics from the public the eventual merging of the kan and min classes and incomplete moves to instill national s within education Much of it the parts that made sense to the public were nationally adopted but many ideological maneuvers failed and thus adapted to different circumstances Therefore ideology was not so much a product of a confederacy of ideologues rather it was the result of a complicated network of governmental application and social reality In this sense Gluck rejects the Great Man interpretation of history by coalescing intellectual history with a Marxist leaning materialist approachI read this book as a commentary of the rise of Japanese militarism and ultra nationalist ideology Gluck explains in the introduction that an innumerable amount of scholars in the Post War commented on tenn sei and kokutai as the downfall of Japan accepting them as a conspiracy Rather as the author concludes in the epilogue war time authoritarianism was the result of ideological inadaptibility in the face of changing times Agrarian mythology makes sense in the presence of industrialization urbanization and modern anomie so it was readily adopted in the late Meiji Period Yet they did not make as much sense to common people as the course of time changed Thus they had to be forced by an increasingly militaristic government which had overstayed its welcome by August 15 1945 Of course the baby wasn t thrown out with the bath water in the Post War many ideological tenets originating in the late Meiji had been maintained if they made sense to the general public or were altered with the newfound freedoms in liberated Japan Thus Gluck s book certainly makes sense as a guide to better understanding ideology during The War After all it s a process and by creating a cartography of it roots and developments we can understand later developments Overall I d recommend this book for anyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding of the development of the Japanese national psyche that lead to war and ruin as well as those who are interested in a solid example of the development of ideology Hobsbawm and Ranger may have coined the term invented traditions but if we think of inventions whether scientific or cultural there is always a process involved Ideology like an invention never simply appears from the abyss it is the result of constant change


6 thoughts on “Japan's Modern Myths

  1. says:

    Gluck's 'Japan's Modern Myths' is packed with historical details and while I didn't find it written in luminous

  2. says:

    This is an excellent work by Carol Gluck which maps out the development of official state ideology in Meiji era Japan The clear attention to detail and the way in which individual chapters are structured make thi

  3. says:

    I have to preface this review by saying that I should probably re read it at some point in the near future and then read it again Gl

  4. says:

    A fascinating and groundbreaking look at the way a 'usable' Japanese past and symbolic vocbulary was constructed during the Meiji years at the way the institution of the emperor was re cast and renovated and at the way that local cults and rituals were assimilated into a Shinto that could be a focus of being Japanese A key work in understanding what the 'national imaginary' in post 1868 Japan became

  5. says:

    fucking brilliant what can i say? carol gluck is my personal goddessguru of the way history should be and the way to live

  6. says:

    How dare I give this book less than five stars It's brilliant it's path breaking life changing and epoch making But I reserve a star just to point out that it is only the beginning of any exploration of the processes that made Meiji Japan into modern Japan To complete your list please look into the rich bibliography produced by Gluck's studen

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