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The Taming of the Samurai

Honorific Individualism and the Making of Modern Japan

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$37.00 • £29.95 • €33.50

ISBN 9780674868090

Publication Date: 03/25/1997


448 pages

6-3/8 x 9-1/4 inches

8 halftones


  • I. A Sociological Approach
    • Introduction
    • 1. Honor, State Formation, and Social Theories
  • II. Origins in Violence
    • 2. The Coming of the Samurai: Violence and Culture in the Ancient World
    • 3. Vassalage and Honor
    • 4. The Rite of Honorable Death: Warfare and the Samurai Sensibility
  • III. Disintegration and Reorganization
    • 5. Social Reorganization in the Late Medieval Period
    • 6. A Society Organized for War
  • IV. The Paradoxical Nature of Tokugawa
    • 7. Tokugawa State Formation
    • 8. An Integreated Yet Decentralized State Structure
    • 9. The Tokugawa Neo-Fedual State: A Comparative Evaluation
  • V. Honor and Violence in Transformation
    • 10. Honor or Order: The State and Samurai Self-Determinism
    • 11. The Vendetta of the Forty-seven Samurai
    • 12. Proceduralization of Honor
  • VI. Honor Polarization in Vassalic Bureaucracy
    • 13. State-Centered Honor and Vassalic Bureaucracy
    • 14. Hagakure: The Cult of Death and Honorific Individuality
    • 15. Confucian and Post-Confucian Samurai
  • VII. Honorific Individualism and Honorific Collectivism
    • 16. Themes of Control and Change
    • Epilogue: Honor and Identity
  • Notes
  • Index

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