Title: Culture And Power in Germany And Japan: The ...
Publisher: Global Oriental
Publication Date: 2006
Book Condition: NEW
Dust Jacket Condition: New
New hardcover in a new dust wrapper with a small tear. Book is clean and tight. Bookseller Inventory # 18052
Synopsis: Based in part on the author's first-hand experience during his diplomatic postings to Tokyo and Bonn (1984-93), and supported by significant primary research, this parallel study of the post-war resurrection of two defeated nations provides a striking new and insightful analysis into the nature of Germany and Japan's recovery highlighting in particular the shared cultural, linguistic, moral and technological factors that were essential for this phoenix phenomenon to take place. Indeed, it is his in-depth investigation into the shared philosophical tradition of renewal, preserved and promoted even in defeat and annihilation, which underpins the originality of the research, which will be widely welcomed at many academic and political levels. At the same time, the reader is systematically challenged to reassess previously-held positions and opinions as each topic is addressed from notions of harmony, the emperor and renewal in Japan to the concept of wieder (renewal), nation and identity in Germany. And whatever shared opinions may or may not emerge, the reader will be in no doubt that "Culture and Power in Germany and Japan" is the work of an original mind that has managed to bring together an extraordinarily interesting tapestry of facts, themes and thoroughfares that together make a most valuable new contribution to Japanese-German studies.
About the Author: Ambassador Nils-Johan Jorgensen was educated at the universities of Oslo and Oxford (Norway Scholar at Wadham) and was Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). As a Norwegian career diplomat he served in Brussels, Copenhagen, Harare, Tokyo, Bonn and Dar es Salaam. He retired in 2001. He is author of books and articles on European integration, international development, Southern Africa and Germany and Japan, including Norge mot Europa? [Norway towards/against Europe?] (Copenhagen, 1981), Nytt liv bak taken [A new life behind the haze in Zimbabwe] (Oslo, 1989), and Japan og Tyskland. Gjenvinning og makt [Japan and Germany. Restoration and Power] (Oslo, 1997).
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