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Ruins of identity : ethnogenesis in the Japanese Islands, 400 B.C. to A.D. 1400

Hudson, Mark


This thesis discusses the processes of ethnogenesis in the Japanese Islands from approximately 400 BC to AD 1400. Previous research on this problem, particularly in Japan, has been based on the assumption that ethnic groups are bounded, a priori entities that, while they may change in outward appearance, retain the ‘essence’ of their identity from their initial formation. It is argued here that this Romantic, primordialist view of ethnicity has deep roots in Japanese nationalist...[Show more]

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Date published: 1995-09
Type: Thesis (PhD)


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