By Saya Makito (Professor, Keisen University)
Translated by David Noble
First English edition, 2011
210 pages, hardcover
Originally published in Japanese in 2009 by Kodansha as Nisshin Senso: “Kokumin” no tanjo.
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“The Sino-Japanese War of 1894–95 was an event that determined the subsequent course of Japan’s modern history. The war transformed the political consciousness of the Japanese people and brought about the formation of a modern nation-state. This book is an analysis of that process, focusing primarily on developments in the mass media and their impact on popular behavior. . . . this transformation of Japan had repercussions throughout all of Asia, and would eventually serve as a catalyst for the restructuring of the entire international order in the region. The impact of Japanese nationalism on the rest of Asia would ultimately result in the formation of the nation-states that comprise contemporary Asia.
—Saya Makito, from Preface of this volume.
From this volume’s foreword
—Mitani Hiroshi, University of Tokyo