Tomiyama Ichiro on Japan Argumentative Essay by Top Papers

Tomiyama Ichiro on Japan
A critical analysis of Tomiyama Ichiro's work on imperial Japan.
# 135835 | 1,250 words | 1 source | APA | 2007 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2007 in History (Asian) , Literature (World)

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This paper argues that race distinctions were not a European phenomenon adopted by imperial Japan in the early 20th century. The paper criticises the post-colonial studies approach in reference to Marxist constructs and also discusses Cohn's failure to examine more universal models of difference and race that were certainly present in Japan, and indigenous to India. The paper notes how Japan has been studied incompletely, and discusses how the post-War amnesia affects Japanese as much as Western scholars, just as 1930s Japanese scholars served Japan's imperial project.

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"Japan's colonial expansion into the South Seas Islands occurred during the late 1800's - early 1900's and was not necessarily pleasurable for those who lived in the conquered lands. The fact that the capitalist system was the primary methodology for this extension made the lower classes that lived in these areas bear much burden (Yong-sop 133). This form of capitalism was not the same as employed in other regions of the world that centralized the assets (capital) and put quite a strain on the indigenous people, eventually destroying their customs and identity. Most of those that were colonized by the Japanese resisted their occupation but also..."

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