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Introduction: what's modern about modern Japan?

Christopher Goto-Jones

in Modern Japan

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780199235698
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191777127 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780199235698.003.0001

Series: Very Short Introductions

Introduction: what's modern about modern Japan?

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The ‘Introduction‘ considers the meaning of modernity and the way that Japan has engaged with it. Modernity was not just something that happened to Japan; instead Japan had to forge itself into the thriving modern nation we know today through industry, toil, bloodshed and creativity. The term ‘modern’ refers to a cluster of related principles, rather than a period. Although many modern characteristics have their roots in the European Enlightenment, the modern condition can be better seen in the various possible responses to a world of capitalist industry. Modernity must remain aware of traditions even as it questions them.

Keywords: economy; Enlightenment; football; industrialization; Korea; modernity; religion; World Cup; World War II

Chapter.  3179 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945) ; Asian History ; Political Geography

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