The Acculturation of Japanese Nature

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:
The Acculturation of Japanese Nature

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This chapter explores a hiatus in nature's overt political presence in Japan after around 1890 and until the Russo-Japanese War. It argues that the Social Darwinian concept of nature proved so detrimental to nationalistic aspirations that it was disregarded during the 1890s, and describes the development of a more nationalistic and useful concept of nature related to Japanese culture. The chapter contends that Japan's twentieth-century sense of nature was a new creation configured in reaction against Social Darwinism and in conformity with the requirements of national pride.

Keywords: nature; Japan; Social Darwinism; national pride; Japanese culture

Chapter.  9114 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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