The Enigma of Japanese Power: People and Politics in a Stateless Nation
In this brilliantly authoritative book, Karel van Wolferen unravels the confusions and misperceptions the West has about Japan and can no longer afford to maintain.
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From the middle of the sixteenth century the Portuguese were allowed to bring
their firearms, medicine, astronomy, clocks and, most significantly, their religion.
But this hospitality was reversed not long after the turn of the century, when the ...
In 1159, a quarter- century before the establishment of the Japanese shogunate,
the first major European work on political theory since Roman times explicitly
stated the king's subjecthood to law and ultimately to God.10 In Policraticus, or
Roughly a century later when, confounding the GuJcansho, there were two rival
emperors, the most learned participant in the politics of this schism, Kitabatake
Chikafusa, wrote a scholarly treatise in support of the emperor of his choice.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - antiquary - LibraryThing
While the author seems biased by his own negative experiences as a foreigner trying to work in Japanese media, his severe critique of the weakness of Japanese leadership has been confirmed by events to a considerable degree. Read full review
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If you want to understand Japan and the Japanese this book is a must read Read full review