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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The pulling apart of the Meiji state The Meiji oligarchy that took control in 1868,
largely as a result of this foreign intervention, was obsessed with creating a
strong state. Within three years of the overthrow of the Tokugawa shogunate it
1 After the Meiji Restoration, the posture of leniency was given a clear political
purpose. Most major figures in the Meiji oligarchy accepted the necessity for
occasional accommodation of the public's wishes. Even Yamagata Aritomo, the ...
trick that European rulers used to "make their peoples docile and easy to lead'".
32 From the very start of the Meiji period, religion became an official concern. The
oligarchs left no doubt that they considered it very much their business. A major ...
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4 The Japan Problem
The Elusive State
An Inescapable Embrace
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