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Anarchist Modernity

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Description for Anarchist Modernity Hardcover. Sho Konishi traces the emergence from 1860 to 1930 of transnational networks of Russian and Japanese "cooperatist anarchists" devoted to creating a state-free society. Arguing that this radical movement forms one of the intellectual foundations of modern Japan, Konishi offers a new approach to Japanese history that challenges Western narratives. Series: Harvard East Asian Monographs. Num Pages: 450 pages, 15 halftones. BIC Classification: 1DVUA; 1FPJ; HBJF; JFCX. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 230 x 162 x 33. Weight in Grams: 750.
Mid-nineteenth century Russian radicals who witnessed the Meiji Restoration saw it as the most sweeping revolution in recent history and the impetus for future global progress. Acting outside imperial encounters, they initiated underground transnational networks with Japan. Prominent intellectuals and cultural figures, from Peter Kropotkin and Lev Tolstoy to Saigo Takamori and Tokutomi Roka, pursued these unofficial relationships through correspondence, travel, and networking, despite diplomatic and military conflicts between their respective nations. Tracing these non-state networks, Anarchist Modernity uncovers a major current in Japanese intellectual and cultural life between 1860 and 1930 that might be described as cooperatist ... Read more

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About Sho Konishi
Sho Konishi is an intellectual and cultural historian of modern Japan at the University of Oxford, where he is a Fellow of St Antony's College.

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This book offers an outstanding study of 'transnational imagination.' By tracing the close intellectual ties among Russian and Japanese anarchists, Esperantists, and others at the turn of the twentieth century, Konishi shows that there was an alternative world that was being imagined by these men and women, as well as by people (heimin) who sought to go beyond the nation ... Read more

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