The Peasant Soul of Japan

  • Shoichi Watanabe

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Prologue

  3. The Dynamics of Envy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
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      Pages 100-112
  4. The Japanese—An Agrarian People seen from the point of view of History

  5. The Age of the Japanese Idea

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Shoichi Watanabe
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 185-197

About this book


A book concerning the Japanese identity in which the author theorizes that the national mentality is a dichotomy between the "equestrian" and the "peasant". He draws on Japanese and European classical literature, on the history of warfare and on studies of law and business management.


culture ethnicity Japan peasant social science sociology

Authors and affiliations

  • Shoichi Watanabe
    • 1
  1. 1.Sophia UniversityTokyoJapan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1989
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-0-333-44353-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-20242-3
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