The Peasant Soul of Japan (English and Japanese Edition)

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There's something oppressive and troubling, and racialist if not racist, about efforts to characterize entire populations in terms of presumed group traits, whether genetically or culturally based. That Watanabe gets away with this kind of dichotomization of East and West can be attributed to his brilliance and range, a range that covers the lavatory, law, literature, business and warfare. How many people can discuss General MacArthur, Shakespeare, and "Gods of excrement" with authority? A unique, fascinating and disturbing book. With three maps. Acidic paper. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

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Text: English, Japanese (translation)

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This is an English translation (by the author) of a work first published in Japan in 1980 and very popular there. Watanabe, a professor of English studies at Tokyo's Sophia University, sets out to explain the nature of Japanese society by comparing its essentially stable "peasant soul" to the mobile "equestrian mentality" of the West. Watanabe explores this thesis through the analysis of a number of historical topics, including the Japanese entry into World War II, their method of waging that war, and the development of Japanese commerce. He offers insights into the nature of Japan's postwar economic success and provides thoughts on Japan's future development and role on the international scene. With its novel theoretical frame and analyses, this is a very important and thought-provoking study. Highly recommended.
- Scott Wright, Coll. of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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