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By Kevin M. Doak

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

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Today, such “de-territorialized” ethnic identity is simply positioned within the concept of a liberal democratic “multi-ethnic” nation. Stalin’s instrumental ethnic nationalism was, and remains, inordinately influential among Japanese nationalist theorists from the 1920s to the present. As discussed below in Chapter Six, his theories (and Bauer’s) were widely debated among theorists of nationalism (chiefly among Marxist political theorists) such as Nagashima Matao, Sano Manabu, Nishi Masao, yama Ikuo, Matsubara Hiroshi and others.

No, Muir pointed out that there is no nation that is not of mixed “racial” origins. But, of equal significance, he insisted that the ideas of race and nation be kept distinct. Race, he noted, has led to German claims over Holland, Denmark, and Belgium—even though these nations have their own distinctive national cultures. Unity of language? Again, Muir had no difficulty pointing out weaknesses to this theory. The Irish and Welsh have adopted the Celtic language, German speakers east of the Elbe are largely Slavonic in ethnicity, Indians have only the English language in common and yet do not feel they are of the English nation, and unity of language does not necessarily lead to national unity (Latin American), nor does disunity of language necessarily prevent a nation from coming into being (USA, Switzerland, Belgium).

Thus, from the outset, he lumped minzoku nationalism together with patriotism and other expressions of nationalism, and referred to the topic not as minzokushugi, kokkashugi or kokuminshugi, but through the English 48 On these early postwar Marxist ethnic nationalists, see Curtis Andeson Gayle, Marxist History and Postwar Japanese Nationalism (London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2003) and my own article, “What is a Nation and Who Belongs: National Narratives and the Ethnic Imagination in Twentieth-Century Japan,” The American Historical Review, vol.

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