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The Philosophy of Japanese Wartime Resistance: A Reading, With Commentary, Of The Complete Texts Of…

by David Williams
Editor David Williams

Routledge | April 14, 2014 | Hardcover

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The transcripts of the three Kyoto School roundtable discussions of the theme of ''the standpoint of world history and Japan'' may now be judged to form the key source text of responsible Pacific War revisionism. Published in the pages ofChuo Koron, the influential magazine of enlightened elite Japanese opinion during the twelve months after Pearl Harbor, these subversive discussions involved four of the finest minds of the second generation of the Kyoto School of philosophy. Tainted by controversy and shrouded in conspiratorial mystery, these transcripts were never republished in Japan after the war, and they have never been translated into English except in selective and often highly biased form.

David Williams has now produced the first objective, balanced and close interpretative reading of these three discussions in their entirety since 1943. This version of the wartime Kyoto School transcripts is neither a translation nor a paraphrase but a fuller rendering in reader-friendly English that is convincingly faithful to the spirit of the original texts. The result is a masterpiece of interpretation and inter-cultural understanding between the Confucian East and the liberal West. Seventy years after Tojo came to power, these documents of the Japanese resistance to his wartime government and policies exercise a unique claim on students of Japanese history and thought today because of their unrivalled revelatory potential within the vast literature on the Pacific War. The Philosophy of Japanese Wartime Resistance may therefore stand as the most trenchant analysis of the political, philosophic and legal foundations of the place of the Pacific War in modern Japanese history yet to appear in any language.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 450 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 in

Published: April 14, 2014

Publisher: Routledge

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0415476461

ISBN - 13: 9780415476461

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The Philosophy of Japanese Wartime Resistance: A Reading, With Commentary, Of The Complete Texts Of…

by David Williams
Editor David Williams

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 450 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 in

Published: April 14, 2014

Publisher: Routledge

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0415476461

ISBN - 13: 9780415476461

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The transcripts of the three Kyoto School roundtable discussions of the theme of ''the standpoint of world history and Japan'' may now be judged to form the key source text of responsible Pacific War revisionism. Published in the pages ofChuo Koron, the influential magazine of enlightened elite Japanese opinion during the twelve months after Pearl Harbor, these subversive discussions involved four of the finest minds of the second generation of the Kyoto School of philosophy. Tainted by controversy and shrouded in conspiratorial mystery, these transcripts were never republished in Japan after the war, and they have never been translated into English except in selective and often highly biased form.

David Williams has now produced the first objective, balanced and close interpretative reading of these three discussions in their entirety since 1943. This version of the wartime Kyoto School transcripts is neither a translation nor a paraphrase but a fuller rendering in reader-friendly English that is convincingly faithful to the spirit of the original texts. The result is a masterpiece of interpretation and inter-cultural understanding between the Confucian East and the liberal West. Seventy years after Tojo came to power, these documents of the Japanese resistance to his wartime government and policies exercise a unique claim on students of Japanese history and thought today because of their unrivalled revelatory potential within the vast literature on the Pacific War. The Philosophy of Japanese Wartime Resistance may therefore stand as the most trenchant analysis of the political, philosophic and legal foundations of the place of the Pacific War in modern Japanese history yet to appear in any language.

About the Author

David Williamsis a leading thinker on the Orient and a preeminent expert on the wartime Kyoto School. He is the author ofJapan: Beyond the End of History(1994),Japan and the Enemies of Open Political Science(1996) andDefending Japan''s Pacific War: The Kyoto Philosophers and Post-white Power(2004) andThe Left in the Shaping of Japanese Democracy(2006).

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