© 2013

Beyond the Western Liberal Order

Yanaihara Tadao and Empire as Society

  • Authors

Part of the Palgrave Macmillan History of International Thought book series (PMHIT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Ryoko Nakano
    Pages 1-15
  3. Ryoko Nakano
    Pages 17-40
  4. Ryoko Nakano
    Pages 41-63
  5. Ryoko Nakano
    Pages 65-87
  6. Ryoko Nakano
    Pages 89-113
  7. Ryoko Nakano
    Pages 115-141
  8. Ryoko Nakano
    Pages 143-151
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 153-202

About this book


This book introduces the political thought of Yanaihara Tadao (1893-1961), the most prominent Japanese social scientist working on empire, population migration and colonial policy, and uses it as a platform which to examine the global challenges faced by the U.S. hegemonic world order today, or what is often described as the Western liberal order.


colonial policy Japan policy Political Thought world order

About the authors

RYOKO NAKANO is Assistant Professor in the Department of Japanese Studies at the National University of Singapore. She has published on the history of Japanese political thought and norm diffusion in Japan in journals such as Millennium, International Relations, and Social Science Japan Journal.

Bibliographic information


"Nakano sets out to intervene in at least two critical spaces in the modern history of political ideas: first, within the ever-expanding field of theory from 'beyond' the conventional regional and cultural boundaries of political thought; and second, within the deeply provocative intersection of empire and international society. In one of the few works to take his contribution seriously in English, Nakano succeeds in demonstrating how Yanaihara Tadao manages to straddle these two sites and brings valuable insight to all students of international order, politics, and justice." - Chris Goto-Jones, Professor of Comparative Philosophy and Political Thought, Leiden University