summary Anti Foreignism and Western Learning in Early Modern Japan The New Theses of 1825 Harvard East Asian Monographs
P thepotent concept of kokutai what is essential to a nation His analysis explains why the Edobakufu's policies of national isolation sakoku and armed expulsion of Westerners ji gained widespread support in the late Tokugawa Wakabayashi also describes how information on Western affairs and world conditions decisively altered Tokugawa Confucian conceptions of civilization and barbarism and how this in turn enabled the Japanese to redefine their nation's relationship to China and th. Cop Next Door redefine their nation's Chaos in the Capital City relationship to China and th.
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This study analyzes New Theses Shinron by Aizawa Seishisai 1781 1863 and its contribution to Japanese political thought and policy during the early modern era New Theses is found to be indispensable to our understanding of Japan's transformation from a feudal to a modern stateFocusing on Aizawa Wakabayashi traces the development of xenophobia during the Tokugawa period and examines the basis of anti Western sentiment He shows how knowledge of Christianity inspired Aizawa to develo.
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E WestRather than place Aizawa and his New Theses of 1825 at the beginning of a process leading up to the Meiji Restoration Wakabayashi discusses New Theses in conjunction with the bakufu's Expulsion Edict issued in the same year He concludes that the convergence of the two events in 1825 marks the emergence of modern nationalism in Japan and therefore should perhaps be seen as epoch making than the 1868 Restoration itselfThe study also presents a complete translation of New These.