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- DescriptionIn the first full-length English-language study of the monarchy in postwar Japan, Kenneth J. Ruoff examines t only its reform during the Occupation (1945-52), but also its evolution in the decades since the Japanese regained the power to shape their monarchy and polity. In order to understand the monarchy's function in contemporary Japan, the author analyzes the role of individual emperors in shaping the institution; interpretations of the emperor's new constitutional position as symbol; the emperor's intersection with politics; the issue of the emperor's and the nation's responsibility for the war; nationalistic movements in support of cultural symbols of the monarchy; and the remaking of the once-sacrosanct throne into a monarchy of the masses that is embedded in the postwar culture of democracy.
- Author BiographyKENNETH J. RUOFF is Assistant Professor of Japanese History, Portland State University.
- Author(s)Kenneth Ruoff
- PublisherHarvard University Press
- Date of Publication04/03/2003
- SubjectLocal History, Names & Genealogy
- Series TitleHarvard East Asian Monographs
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo.211
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintHarvard University Press
- Content Note25 halftones, 4 line illustrations
- Weight492 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Edition StatementNew edition
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