レーニー デイビッド (レーニー デイビッド)

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国際学術院 大学院アジア太平洋研究科

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  • The 150th Anniversary of the Meiji Restoration in Contemporary Japanese Politics

    2018年   LEHENY David

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    This research project, complementing a Kaken-supported project, aims to track public commemoration of the Meiji Restoration on its 150th anniversary in 2018. In part because of the enthusiastic discussions of the Restoration by Prime Minister Abe, whose represented home district in Yamaguchi prefecture is the contemporary successor to one of the rebellious provinces of that era, I had started the project in the expectation that the year would yield insights into the use of this national milestone in contemporary politics. Indeed, in a piece I co-authored with historian Robert Hellyer (Wake Forest University) in January 2018 in the Washington Post, we argued that the modernizing drive of Meiji might serve as a useful counter to the new nationalism in the United States under Trump and in the Brexit-era United Kingdom (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/made-by-history/wp/2018/01/03/what-japan-can-teach-us-about-the-future-of-the-nationalism/). My current paper draft with Professor Hellyer explores the limited nature of the national commemorations that took place, juxtaposing that with the broader interest in the Restoration as a moment of global history. And I am exploring these themes in the context of Japan's national narratives following the "Lost Two Decades."

  • National Narratives,Emotion,and the Construction of Grand Strategy in the Asia-Pacific

    2017年  

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    Having completed my newest book manuscript -- Empire of Hope: The Sentimental Politics of Japanese Decline (Cornell University Press, 2018) -- I turned my attention to the strategic promotion of political decisions and their relationship to broader national narratives. During the year, I focused primarily on extending the discussion of Japan's "Long Postwar" to consider the ways in which earlier moments in modern Japanese political history have entered and interacted with a narrative regarding what Japan has been, what it is today, and what it is supposed to become. While considering Taisho and early Showa political decisions as well, I focused especially on the Meiji Restoration and its subsequent memorialization in Japanese politics: a timely topic given the 150th anniversary of the Restoration in 2018. It is easy, of course, to consider the uses (and misuses) by politicians of historical facts, a topic of great importance in a variety of countries. My goal has been to move away from an overly instrumental assessment of politicians describing history to suit their own purposes. Instead, I aim to tease out a narrative logic of events, to consider how the same impulses that drive us to create stories in the first place make us do so when thinking about institutions as broad and complex as the modern nation.

 

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