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Harvard East Asian Monographs #0152: Japanese Marxist: A Portrait of Kawakami Hajime, 1879-1946

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It is the merit of Bernstein's portrait of Kawakami Hajime that he emerges as a recognizable human being, a truly modern figure reflecting in his own life a personal and hard-won balance between traditional Japanese values and the demands of modernization. The heir of a samurai family, an acknowledged authority on economics, a professor at one of Japan's leading universities, an early popularizer of Marxism in Japan, a Japanese Communist on his own unique terms, and, finally, the author of an autobiography that is a classic of modern Japanese literature, Kawakami Hajime is an important figure in the history of modern Japan.

At each stage of Kawakami's winding path to Marxism--from patriotic nationalist to academic Marxist to revolutionary Communist--his concern for the ethical and economic problems that emerged in the course of Japan's astonishingly rapid industrialization dominated his consciousness. Bernstein provides a portrait of Kawakami's complex personality as well as an elegantly shaped narrative of the context and content of Japanese left-wing politics in the 1920s, and she makes plain the kinds of cultural conflict that modernization, in its several varieties, bequeathed to Japanese intellectuals.

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A reprint of the winner of the John King Fairbank Prize of the American Historical Association, 1977, for the best book on modern East Asia. First published in 1976, and cited in the third edition of Books for College Libraries.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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The heir of a samurai family, an acknowledged authority on economics, a professor at one of Japan's leading universities, an early popularizer of Marxism in Japan, a Japanese Communist on his own unique terms, and, finally, the author of an autobiography that is a classic of modern Japanese literature, Kawakami Hajime is an important figure in the history of modern Japan. Bernstein provides a portrait of Kawakami's complex personality as well as a narrative of the context and content of Japanese left-wing politics in the 1920s.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 199-211) and index.

About the Author

Gail Lee Bernstein is Professor of History at the University of Arizona.

University of Arizona

Table of Contents

Part One: Meiji Nationalist

1. A Young Man of Meiji Japan

2. Crisis

3. Meiji Dropout

4. The Way in the Modern World

5. Japan and the West

Part Two: Academic Marxist

6. The Road to Marxism

7. The Meaning of Marxism

8. Historical Materialism and Revolutionary Will

Part Three: Communist Revolutionary

9. The Professor as Political Activist

10. Working for the Communist Party

Epilogue: Prison Years and Beyond

Notes

Bibliography

Glossary

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674471948
Author:
Bernstein, Gail Lee
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Mass. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Government and political science
Subject:
Communism & Socialism
Subject:
Social Scientists & Psychologists
Subject:
Economists
Subject:
Socialists
Subject:
Economists -- Japan -- Biography.
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Socialists -- Japan -- Biography.
Subject:
Kawakami, Hajime
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Political
Subject:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Communism, Post-Communism & Socialism
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Harvard East Asian Monographs
Series Volume:
0152
Publication Date:
July 1990
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
221
Dimensions:
9.03x6.05x.57 in. .76 lbs.

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Biography » Political
History and Social Science » Asia » Japan » General
History and Social Science » Politics » Leftist Studies
History and Social Science » World History » Japan

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"Synopsis" by , The heir of a samurai family, an acknowledged authority on economics, a professor at one of Japan's leading universities, an early popularizer of Marxism in Japan, a Japanese Communist on his own unique terms, and, finally, the author of an autobiography that is a classic of modern Japanese literature, Kawakami Hajime is an important figure in the history of modern Japan. Bernstein provides a portrait of Kawakami's complex personality as well as a narrative of the context and content of Japanese left-wing politics in the 1920s.
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