The Japanese Political Thought of Uchimura Kanzō (1861-1930): Synthesizing Bushido, Christianity, Nationalism, and Liberalism

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This work investigates the foundation of the thought of Uchimura Kanz? against the backdrop of rigorous socio-political transition and modernization as part of a deeper investigation into the significance of the indigenous Japanese tradition. This book contains twenty-six black and white photographs.


“This is a beautifully structured and written book. It is insightful, perceptive, analytical and interesting. “ – Colin Mackerras, AO, FAHA

“According to the author, Bushido is vital to understanding Uchimura’s thought and Japanese thought patterns in general. In this sense, the book becomes more than a study of an iconoclastic thinker, but a case study of the general problem of intellectual syncretism and acculturation demanded in the modern world. . . . Hiroko Willcock’s study more narrowly focuses on Uchimura the thinker, but at the same time, more broadly on the intellectual dilemma that Uchimura shared with other thinkers in Japan (and in the developing world) struggling to deal with, indeed overcome, the modernity of a Western-centered world order.” – M. William Steele, Professor of Modern Japanese History, International Christian University

“Dr. Willcock’s masterful narrative sheds light on those sides of Uchimura’s personal and intellectual biography that were left under-researched in the existing literature on [him] in English. - Prof. Vladimir Tikhonov, University of Oslo, Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages

"As [the author] works through Uchimura's development she makes sure we understand the source of Uchimura's influence, which grows from a strain of individualism within Japanese academia and politics other historians have largely ignored." Book News

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword by Colin Mackerras
1 The Development of Ezo: A Vision of New Japan
2 Sapporo Agricultural College and the Formation of Uchimura Kanz?’s Thought
3 The Unity of Thought and Action (1884-1888)
4 Advent of a Meiji Prophet
5 The Way of Christian Samurai
6 The Triadic Concept: the Foundation of Uchimura’s Thought and the Japanese Worldview Conclusion

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