Publications | 2012

History at stake in East Asia, Scaforina

History at stake in East Asia, Scaforina

Contributeur : Arnaud Nanta
Pierre-François Souyri, Rosa Caroli (ed.)
Venezia,  Libreria Editrice Cafoscarina, 
History at stake in East Asia deals mainly with relevant issues concerning East Asian history by adopting an inside perspective and comparing different views now prevailing in Japan, China and Korea. It seeks to rethink the interaction between the ‘universal’ and the ‘local’ by overcoming the traditional view of East Asian history that still prevails in the Eurocentric historical narrative. Actually, an analysis of the real significance of the histories and micro histories of East Asia for global history is essential in overturning the conventional approach moving from the ‘universal’ to the ‘local’. In fact, by travelling in the opposite direction (i.e. from the ‘local’ to the ‘universal’) it would also be possible to highlight the various meanings and historical inflections that some global phenomena have in national, local or transnational space of East Asia. This book was born as a consequence of the international conference “Historiography on Japan and East Asia: State, Trends and Perspectives” which was held in Venice in November 2010.   Dans cet ouvrage collectif, un article d’Arnaud Nanta “The Japanese Colonial Historiography in Korea (1905-1945)″ p. 83-105.
EHESS
CNRS
UMR 8173 Chine Corée Japon

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Confucianism in Modern Japan

Conference - Jeudi 18 mai 2017 - 11:00Conférence de Takahiro NAKAJIMA, Professeur à l’Université de Tôkyô, professeur invité à l'EHESS en mai 2017, dans le cadre du séminaire collectif du Centre de recherches sur le Japon.In the process of modernization in Japan, Confucianism played an important role to educate modern intellectuals. Mishima Chūshū was a founder of Nishōgakusha, in which Confucianism mainly based upon modern Yōmeigaku as well as modern law influenced by French law were taught. It was not an institute of traditional Confucian education, but a modern institute for modern scholarship. Natsume Sōseki who was one of the alumni of Nishōgakusha and became the first national novelist in modern Japan was deeply influenced by Mishima and his teaching of Confucianism. Nakae Chōmin who was a representative Yōmeigaku scholar and a translator of Jean-Jacques Rousseau was also impacted by Mishima. By focusing on the influence to students such as Sōseki and Chōmin, I would like to figure out the overlook of Confucian Education at Nishōgakusha and put it in a wider context of Meiji Education. Then I turn to think of philosophy of Mishima himself, especially focusing on his “doctrine of the unification of moral righteousness and profit” 義利合一論, which supported Japanese capitalism from the ideological point of view in tandem with Shibusawa Eiichi. As a conclusion, I would like to sketch one aspect of Confucian education in Modern Japan not as a simple reactionary conservatism, but as a modern device of Japanese modernity.

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