Ultranational Nature: Dead Time and Dead Space

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:
Ultranational Nature: Dead Time and Dead Space

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This chapter describes the ultranational nature of wartime Japan and traces the origins of this concept to the decade after the Russo-Japanese War. It argues that twentieth-century Japan did not inherit its concept of nature nor did it choose nature as such against the onslaught of Western culture. The chapter explains that a particular concept of nature was crafted in the early years of the twentieth century partly in reaction to foreign ideas such as Social Darwinism and events such as the Russo-Japanese War, partly in reaction to domestic threats to oligarchic power, and partly through the creative use of past images and current philosophies.

Keywords: ultranational nature; wartime Japan; Russo-Japanese War; Western culture; Social Darwinism; oligarchic power

Chapter.  12545 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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