Rethinking Japan's Identity and International Role: Tradition and Change in Japan's Foreign Policy

1st Edition

Susanne Klien

Published May 10, 2002
Reference - 144 Pages
ISBN 9780415934381 - CAT# RT3157
Series: East Asia: History, Politics, Sociology and Culture


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This paper presents a study of Japan's international role with a special focus on its historical evolution. To that end, the following three pillars lay the necessary theoretical foundations: one, the notions of historical and political identity and a discussion of the ambivalent shapes they have taken in Japan; two, the regional context, an examination of Japan's situation with respect to Asian history as a whole, and finally, the "civilian power" concept as defined by Hanns W. Maull.

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