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Nation, state, empire and war: Problems of liberalism in modern Japanese history and beyond

Akami, Tomoko


Liberalism in Japan before 1945 has been understood to be problematic because of its disposition to embrace elitism, nationalism and imperialism. These problems are often argued to have been caused by particular Japanese impediments, such as its history, customs, culture and system, and accordingly it is suggested that a ‘proper’ development of liberalism as seen in the ‘West’ did not occur in Japan. This essay argues that these problems are in fact problems inherent in the internal logic of...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2005
Type: Journal article
Source: Japanese Studies 25.2 (2005): 119-140
DOI: 10.1080 = 10371390500226043


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