The Newsletter 54 Summer 2010

Religion as practice, politics as mission

Kiri Paramore

In 1888, leading Japanese government figures met to formulate what would become the first modern constitution of a non-Western country. One of the major issues they discussed was what role religion should play in the new state. In this article, Kiri Paramore examines both the role of Western state models, and Confucian political ideas in informing constructions of political modernity in 19th century Japan.

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