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Ideology and Christianity in Japan

978 0 415 44356 2
Kiri Paramore

978 0 415 44356 2
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Publication date:
21 November 2008

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Ideology and Christianity in Japan shows the major role played by Christian-related discourse in the formation of early-modern and modern Japanese political ideology.

The book traces a history development of anti-Christian ideas in Japan from the banning of Christianity by the Tokugawa shogunate in the early 1600s, to the use of Christian and anti-Christian ideology in the construction of modern Japanese state institutions at the end of the 1800s. Kiri Paramore recasts the history of Christian-related discourse in Japan in a new paradigm showing its influence on modern thought and politics and demonstrates the direct links between the development of ideology in the modern Japanese state, and the construction of political thought in the early Tokugawa shogunate.

Demonstrating hitherto ignored links in Japanese history between modern and early-modern, and between religious and political elements this book will appeal to students and scholars of Japanese history, religion and politics.

Table of contents: 

Introduction 1. Japanese Christian Thought: Doctrinal Diversity or Civilizational Clash? 2. Japanese Confucianism and Japanese Christianity: Parallels and Interactions 3. Early Tokugawa Anti-Christian Discourse: Proclamations, Populist Literature and Diplomacy 4. Attacking Non-Christian "Christians": Ideological Uses of Early Tokugawa Anti-Christian Discourse 5. Mid- and Late Tokugawa Anti-Christian Discourse: Continuity and Change 6. Meiji Anti-Christian Discourse: Modern National Ideology and Conservatism. Conclusion. Bibliograpy


Kiri Paramore is Assistant Professor in Japanese History at Leiden University, The Netherlands. He received his PhD in 2006 from the University of Tokyo.




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