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- DescriptionAn Imperial Path to Modernity examines the role of liberal intellectuals in reshaping transnational ideas and internationalist aspirations into national values and imperial ambitions in early twentieth-century Japan. Perceiving the relationship between liberalism and the international world order, a cohort of Japanese thinkers conformed to liberal ideas and institutions to direct Japan's transformation into a liberal empire in Asia. To sustain and rationalize the imperial enterprise, these Japanese liberals sought to make the domestic political stage less hostile to liberalism. Facilitating the creation of print-mediated public opinion, liberal intellectuals attempted to enlist the new middle class as a social ally in circulating liberal ideas and practices within Japan and throughout the empire. In tracing the interconnections between liberalism and the imperial project, Jung-Sun N. Han focuses on the ideas and activities of Yoshi Sakuzo (1878-1933), who was and is remembered as a champion of prewar Japanese liberalism and Taisho democracy. Drawing insights from intellectual history, cultural studies, and international relations, this study argues that prewar Japanese liberalism grew out of the efforts of intellectuals such as Yoshi who worked to devise a transnational institution to govern the Japanese empire.
- Author BiographyJung-Sun N. Han is Assistant Professor in the Division of International Studies at Korea University.
- Author(s)Jung-Sun N. Han
- PublisherHarvard University, Asia Center
- Date of Publication18/07/2011
- SubjectPolitical Ideologies & Parties
- Series TitleHarvard East Asian Monographs
- Series Part/Volume Number345
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintHarvard University, Asia Center
- Content Note10 black and white photos
- Weight499 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Format DetailsWith printed dust jacket
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