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H 276 x W 203 mm

90 pages

4 figures, 2 tables

Published Nov 2021

Archaeopress Access Archaeology


Paperback: 9781803271149

Digital: 9781803271156

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History of archaeology; nationalism; landscape; ecology; Japan; Historiography

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This study considers the ways in which archaeology and landscapes of the archaic have been appropriated in Japanese nationalism since the early twentieth century, focusing on the writings of cultural historian Tetsurō Watsuji, philosopher Takeshi Umehara and environmental archaeologist Yoshinori Yasuda.



Introduction: Modernity, the archaic and Japanese Nature ;
Chapter 1: Huddle together, warm bodies pressing: the community of Japanese eco-nationalism ;
Chapter 2: I had not seen this kind of mountain or forest before: fūdo as Gothic landscape ;
Chapter 3: Deep Japan: the spectre of strata ;
Chapter 4: Romantic nationalism and the new Jōmonology ;
Chapter 5: Conclusions: the violence of Japanese world-shaping

About the Author

Mark J. Hudson is a researcher in the Department of Archaeology, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena, Germany. He previously taught archaeology in Japan for more than 20 years and was Professor at the University of West Kyushu and the Mt. Fuji World Heritage Centre. His previous publications include Ruins of Identity: Ethnogenesis in the Japanese Islands (Hawaii UP, 1999) and, as co-editor, Volume 1 of the Cambridge World History of Violence (CUP, 2020).