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Inventing the Way of the SamuraiNationalism, Internationalism, and Bushidō in Modern Japan$
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Oleg Benesch

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198706625

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198706625.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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Inventing the Way of the Samurai
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Oleg Benesch

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198706625.003.0001

This chapter provides an overview of bushidō, or ‘the way of the samurai’, and explores its contemporary and historical significance. The introduction takes a comparative approach to bushidō, placing the subject in a historical and transnational context. A summary of themes and chapters in the book serves as a concise introductory overview of bushidō. It considers bushidō in light of scholarship on the invention of tradition, and evaluates the usefulness of this model in this case.

Keywords:   ideology, invented tradition, nationalism, comparative history, myth, nostalgia

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