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Practical Persuits: Religion, Politics, and Personal Cultivation in Nineteenth-Century Japan

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The idea that personal cultivation leads to social and material well-being became wide spread in late Tokugawa Japan (1600-1868). Practical Pursuits explores theories of personal development that were diffused in the early nineteenth century by a network of religious groups in the Edo (Tokyo) area, and explains how, after the Meiji Restoration of 1868, the leading members ...more
Hardcover, 387 pages
Published June 4th 2004 by University of Hawaii Press (first published June 2004)
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totally love this book for the interesting questions it raises: conservatives were "progressive" and different from traditionalists?--I'm not sure about this categorization, everybody was affected by its times just because conservatives adopted sth "new" it doesn't make them "progressive" and I doubt whether there were any "traditionalist" at all and whether that's even a possibility.
Core contribution: practical pursuit was a far more important concept in understanidng Japanese mentality at the
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