Ben-Ami Shillony, Ph.D. (Princeton, 1971), is Professor Emeritus at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He was awarded the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold and Silver Star. His books include Revolt in Japan (1973), Politics and Culture in Wartime Japan (1981), and Enigma of the Emperors (2005).
All those interested in Japan, modern history, World War II, political science, Asian religions.
"...this volume is a valuable and thought-provoking collection of essays (...) a valuable addition to the literature about the Japanese monarchical system which, despite its lack of real power, remains deeply rooted in Japanese traditions, even if it seems decreasingly relevant to the new generations of the twenty-fi rst century."
Sir Hugh Cortazzi, Journal of Japanese Studies 37:1 (2011)
Table of contents
Introduction - Ben-Ami Shillony
PART ONE: GENERAL THEMES
1. The Strange Survival and Its Modern Significance - Imatani Akira
2. Revering the Emperor and Bushidō - Christopher Goto-Jones
3. State Shinto and Emperor Veneration - Shimazono Susumu
4. Ise and the Modern Emperors - Rosemarie Bernard
5. The Emperor and the Left in Interwar Japan -
6. Conservative Dissatisfaction with the Modern Emperors - Ben-Ami Shillony
7. Emperors and Christianity - Ben-Ami Shillony
8. The Unreciprocated Gaze: Emperors and Photography - Julia Adeney Thomas
PART TWO: INDIVIDUAL EMPERORS AND EMPRESSES
9. The ‘Great Emperor’ Meiji - Hara Takeshi
10. Taishō: An Enigmatic Emperor and his Influential Wife - Hara Takeshi
11. Empress Nagako and the Family State - Sally A. Hastings
12. Axes to Grind: The Hirohito War Guilt Controversy in Japan - Bob Tadashi Wakabayashi
13. The Emperor in the Constitutional Debate - Sigal Ben-Rafael Galanti
14. Akihito and the Problem of Succession - Takahashi Hiroshi
Chronology of the Japanese Emperors since the Mid-Nineteenth Century
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