Department   Department of Data Science, Faculty of Data Science
   Position   Associate Professor
Language English
Publication Date 2016/03
Title An Engagement with the Scholarship on Mitogaku, from the 1930s to the Present
Contribution Type
Journal TypeJapan
Volume, Issue, Page (10),pp.74-146
Details This article traces the development of research on Mitogaku from the prewar era
up until the present. Mitogaku, a school of Tokugawa thought that focused on historical
studies and ethics, and which played a role in disseminating sonnō-jōi thought
during the Bakumatsu era, is controversial and has long been marginalized in the field
of Tokugawa intellectual history. The scholarly trends, however, which moved from
an idealistic treatment of Mitogaku figures in the pre-1945 era through an empty
period of neglect and then to a gradual renaissance of work, have shed light on the
complexities and contradictions within this tradition. In addition to Japanese-language
scholarship, the article traces the parallel trajectory of English-language scholarship,
and critically engages with the major arguments and assumptions of both.