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Introduction; 1. Confucianism as cultural capital: mid-first millennium AD - late sixteenth century AD; 2. Confucianism as religion, 1580s-1720s; 3. Confucianism as public sphere, 1720s-1868; 4. Confucianism as knowledge, 1400s-1800s; 5. Confucianism as liberalism, 1850s-1890s; 6. Confucianism as fascism, 1868-1945; 7. Confucianism as taboo, 1945-2015; Bibliography; Index.

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This book charts the history of Confucianism in Japan to offer new perspectives on the sociology of Confucianiam across East Asia.

About the Author

Kiri Paramore is University Lecturer in Japanese History at Leiden University. He studied Asian History at the Australian National University (BAS Hons, 1999) and worked for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade before moving to Japan to study Area Studies and Intellectual History at the University of Tokyo (MA 2003, PhD 2006). He has been awarded research fellowships from the Institute of East Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy at Academia Sinica, Taipei, where he was Visiting Research Professor from 2011-12. His first book was Ideology and Christianity in Japan (2009).

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'An outstanding study of the complex and multiple manifestations of Confucianism throughout Japanese history. Through rich historical analyses, Kiri Paramore reveals the surprising and often counter-intuitive roles that Confucianism has played in Japan. This is a book that challenges many of our assumptions about Confucianism and that opens up new ways of thinking about both Japanese history and Confucianism in general.' Michael Puett, Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History, Harvard University, Massachusetts and author of Ritual and its Consequences
'Kiri Paramore has written a marvelous book about Confucianism in Japan as a hermeneutic tradition. It is interpreted and lived variously as establishment orthodoxy and subversive authority, as expressive individualism and fascist control, as religious truth and pragmatic dialogue. Its polymorphic role is key to grasping its enduring power in East Asia.' Prasenjit Duara, Raffles Professor of Humanities, National University of Singapore and author of The Crisis of Global Modernity
'If you want to understand the Confucian revival in China, you need to read Kiri Paramore's Japanese Confucianism: A Cultural History. The book's significance goes beyond its nuanced analysis of Confucianism's multiple iterations in Japan. It also explains how Confucianism has become so central in the rise of popular cultural nationalism in China today.' William A. Callahan, London School of Economics and Political Science and author of China Dreams
'Kiri Paramore's Japanese Confucianism: A Cultural History offers a welcome and groundbreaking approach to the current revival of interest in Confucian and Neo-Confucian studies. ... The greatest value of this book, however, is its contribution to the field of East Asian Confucian and Neo-Confucian studies. In presenting Japanese Confucianism as a multifaceted tradition outside of China for ... more than one thousand years, Paramore has opened the field to new interpretations of what was once considered a hide-bound, monolithic orthodoxy.' Alison Jameson, Reading Religion
"An outstanding study of the complex and multiple manifestations of Confucianism throughout Japanese history. Through rich historical analyses, Kiri Paramore reveals the surprising and often counter-intuitive roles that Confucianism has played in Japan. This is a book that challenges many of our assumptions about Confucianism and that opens up new ways of thinking about both Japanese history and Confucianism in general." Michael Puett, Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History, Harvard University, Massachusetts and author of Ritual and its Consequences
"Kiri Paramore has written a marvelous book about Confucianism in Japan as a hermeneutic tradition. It is interpreted and lived variously as establishment orthodoxy and subversive authority, as expressive individualism and fascist control, as religious truth and pragmatic dialogue. Its polymorphic role is key to grasping its enduring power in East Asia." Prasenjit Duara, Raffles Professor of Humanities, National University of Singapore and author of The Crisis of Global Modernity
"If you want to understand the Confucian revival in China, you need to read Kiri Paramore's Japanese Confucianism: A Cultural History. The book's significance goes beyond its nuanced analysis of Confucianism's multiple iterations in Japan. It also explains how Confucianism has become so central in the rise of popular cultural nationalism in China today." William A. Callahan, London School of Economics and Political Science and author of China Dreams
'Kiri Paramore's Japanese Confucianism: A Cultural History offers a welcome and groundbreaking approach to the current revival of interest in Confucian and Neo-Confucian studies. ... The greatest value of this book, however, is its contribution to the field of East Asian Confucian and Neo-Confucian studies. In presenting Japanese Confucianism as a multifaceted tradition outside of China for ... more than one thousand years, Paramore has opened the field to new interpretations of what was once considered a hide-bound, monolithic orthodoxy.' Alison Jameson, Reading Religion

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