Japan's Holy War: The Ideology Of Radical Shinto Ultranationalism


by Skya, Walter A.

Japan's Holy War: The Ideology Of Radical Shinto Ultranationalism

Price:  US$33.58   (SGD46.64*)
Format:  Paper Back, 387 pages
Published:  2009, USA, 1st Edition
ISBN:  9780822344230
SB#:  047239 (105)

About This Book

Japan's Holy War reveals how a radical religious ideology - a fervent nationalism within State Shinto - drove the Japanese to imperial expansion and war in Asia and the Pacific. In the early twentieth century, a fervent nationalism developed within State Shinto. Skya documents this transformation in the ideology of State Shinto as support for the theory of constitutional monarchy gave way first to the theory of absolute monarchy, and then to the ideology of emperor-centred totalitarianism. Skya suggests that the creeping democracy and secularisation of Japan's early-twentieth-century political order were the principal causes of the terrorism of the 1930s, which ultimately led to a holy war against Western civilisation. With notes, bibliography and index.


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