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Inventing the Way of the SamuraiNationalism, Internationalism, and Bushidō in Modern Japan$
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Oleg Benesch

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198706625

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198706625.001.0001

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The End of the Bushidō Boom

The End of the Bushidō Boom

(p.150) 5 The End of the Bushidō Boom
Inventing the Way of the Samurai

Oleg Benesch

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the sudden decline that bushidō experienced around 1914, which was closely tied to the death of the Meiji emperor and the dramatic suicide of General Nogi Maresuke, who popularly epitomized bushidō. After examining the influences that led to this decline, the chapter discusses the state of bushidō in the 1910s and 1920s. It demonstrates how the strengths and resilience that defined modern bushidō from its beginnings made possible a resurrection of the concept. While bushidō lost its popular appeal for more than a decade, it had become established in the education system and retained its presence and legitimacy as a historical ethic, leading to its revival in the late 1920s.

Keywords:   Nogi Maresuke, Taisho, Showa, internationalism, education, military

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