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Early Meiji’s Contentious Natures

Julia Adeney Thomas

in Reconfiguring Modernity

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780520228542
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520926844 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520228542.003.0003
Early Meiji’s Contentious Natures

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This chapter examines the contentious conception of nature in Japan during the early Meiji era. It attempts to provide a rough guide to nature's chaotic career in the early Meiji period in order to underscore how volatile conditions were. The chapter argues that that the contentious efforts to reconstruct the relationship between politics and nature demonstrate how deeply and completely Japan's cosmopolis was being reconfigured during these years. It explains that the variegated concepts of nature during the Tokugawa period were dissolved in the early years of Meiji as Japan expanded physically and intellectually.

Keywords: nature; Japan; Meiji era; politics; cosmopolis; Tokugawa period

Chapter.  10111 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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