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Introduction

Miriam Silverberg

in Erotic Grotesque Nonsense

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780520222731
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924628 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520222731.003.0001
Introduction

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This chapter begins by noting Charlie Chaplin's arrival in Japan and the assassination of Prime Minister Inukai. While this marked the end of any semblance of party government in textbook histories of modern Japan, this chapter notes that the intellectual history of the culture of a self-consciously modern Japan tells a different narrative. It views the politics of culture and the culture of politics from a perspective that emphasizes two aspects of cultural continuity: the continuity of the political power of mass culture and the political continuity of a constitutional structure giving ultimate power to the emperor. However, the political landscape after 1932 exhibited both such aspects of continuity and a shift in the political order.

Keywords: Charlie Chaplin; politics; mass media; Prime Minister Inukai; Japan; mass culture; political continuity

Chapter.  3991 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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