Inventing the Way of the Samurai examines the development of the 'way of the samurai' - bushidA - in modern Japan. BushidA is often viewed as a defining element of the Japanese national character and even the 'soul of Japan'. This volume demonstrates that bushidA was not a continuation of ancient traditions, but rather developed from a search for identity during Japan's modernization in the latenineteenth century. This book considers the events and writings that drove the dramatic growth of bushidA, which tended to emphasize martial virtues and absolute loyalty to the emperor, and became a key ideology before and during the Second WorldWar. Unlike other wartime ideologies, bushidA was revived soon after 1945, and is a popular and influential concept in Japan and other countries today. This book further examines the characteristics of bushidA that have allowed it to recover and again be popularly perceived as a pivotal element of Japanese culture.This book further examines the characteristics of bushidA that have allowed it to recover and again be popularly perceived as a pivotal element of Japanese culture.
|Title||:||Inventing the Way of the Samurai|
|Publisher||:||Oxford University Press, USA - 2014|