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Harvard East Asian Monographs 126

Anti-Foreignism and Western Learning in Early Modern Japan

The New Theses of 1825

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ISBN 9780674040373

Publication Date: 08/05/1992


  • Foreword and Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • 1. Prologue: Looking Backward
  • 2. The Civilized and the Barbarian
    • Civilization: Where Confucian Ritual Obtains
    • Japan: A Land of Splendid Barbarians
    • Innate Japanese Superiority: The Rise of Kokugaku
    • The Excellence of Western Barbarians
    • The Mito Synthesis: Japan as Middle Kingdom
  • 3. Knowledge and Hatred of the West
    • The Road to National Isolation: Misconceptions of Sakoku
    • Aizawa’s View of Christianity: Conquest Without Warfare
    • The Threat from the North: Russia
    • The Threat from the South: Spain and (New) England
    • Western Learning and Confucian World View
  • 4. Aizawa and His New Theses
    • Rangaku and Expulsion by Force: Takahashi Kageyasu
    • The World Situation in 1825 as Seen in New Theses
    • New Theses on Domestic Reform
    • The Sages and their “Expedient Device”
    • Kokutai and “A Long-Range Policy”
  • Epilogue: Looking Ahead
  • Translation: New Theses
    • 1. Prefatory Remarks
    • 2. What Is Essential to a Nation [Kokutai] (I)
    • 3. What Is Essential to a Nation [Kokutai] (II)
    • 4. What Is Essential to a Nation [Kokutai] (III)
    • 5. World Affairs
    • 6. The Barbarians’ Nature
    • 7. National Defense
    • 8. A Long-Range Policy
  • Appendix
  • Notes
  • Selected Bibliography
  • Glossary
  • Index

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