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This magisterial heritage of eastern nationalism unearths nationalism to be a contested and pluralistic perform that seeks to heart the folk in political lifestyles. It provides a wealth of fundamental resource fabric on how jap themselves have understood their nationwide id.

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Japan”), referred to the local domains that constituted the primary political units of the baku-han system. 3 To pay attention to the concepts through which national identity is expressed is not merely to parse historical discourse or to play the pedant. Historians have wasted far too much time debating, from modernist and anti-modernist biases, how much of modern Japanese nationalism can be traced back to the Edo period. Sakamoto Takao has provocatively suggested that we cease thinking of the Meiji state 1 Yoshida Takashi , Nihon no tanj (Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten,1997).

Nationalism, then, is both cause and effect of this conception of a collective group of people as a nation. It both shapes them into a nation, and represents the effects of thoughts and actions taken on behalf of that nation. At the same time, nationalism is an ideological effort to erase the gap between the historical emergence of the nation (which may precede or postdate the state) and the political structures that claim to speak and act in the name of the nation. Consequently, any effort to assert when nationalism arises in relation to the emergence of a state is not only a matter for historical debate but also represents evaluative differences over what a nation or state truly is.

Liberal nationalists, including Yanaihara, were drawn to a constructivist notion of national con- REPRESENTING THE PEOPLE 23 sciousness both as a way to limit the claims of the state over the selfexpression of the individual and to condemn biological racism that was founded in the claims of nature. 37 Ethnic nationalism held particular fascination for Marxists and socialists who found in that particular theory of nationalism a valuable tool for their global, political agendas. Worldwide Marxist interest in ethnic nationalism stemmed from disagreements over nationalism that came to the fore at the Congress of the Second International at Basel in 1912.

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