Departmental Bulletin Paper Modernity as Continuity: The Samurai and the Merchants in “Post-historical” Tokugawa Japan

PAŞCA, Roman

In this article, I will briefly discuss the reinvention of the samurai and of the merchants,which began in the Tokugawa and then extended into the Meiji period; my assumptionis that both samurai and merchants played a crucial part in he advent of modernityin Japan, and that the thoroughness of the process through which they werereinvented is accounted for by developments from pre-modern (“post-historical”) Japan.

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