FUKUZAWA YUKICHI AUTOBIOGRAPHY PDF

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Yukichi Fukuzawa. Rarer still are instances when one can point to a single figure and say, here is the man who more than any other provided the intellectual impetus for the change. Craig Columbia University Press.

Yukichi Fukuzawa was a leading figure in the cultural revolution that transformed Japan from an isolated feudal nation into a full-fledged player in the modern world. He translated a wide range of Western works and adapted them to Japanese needs, inventing a colorful prose style close to the vernacular. He also authored many books, which were critical in introducing the powerful but alien culture of the West to the Japanese.

Only by adopting the strengths and virtues of the West, he argued, could Japan maintain its independence despite the "disease" of foreign relations. Dictated by Fukuzawa in , this autobiography offers a vivid portrait of the intellectual's life story and a rare look inside the formation of a new Japan.

Starting with his childhood in a small castle town as a member of the lower samurai class, Fukuzawa recounts in great detail his adventures as a student learning Dutch, as a traveler bound for America, and as a participant in the tumultuous politics of the pre-Restoration era. Particularly notable is Fukuzawa's ability to view the new Japan from both the perspective of the West and that of the old Japan in which he had been raised.

While a strong advocate for the new civilization, he was always aware of its roots in the old. As readable as it was a century ago Donald Richie, Japan Times. Chronological Table Appendix II. About the Author Albert M.

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The Autobiography of Fukuzawa Yukichi

Here is the autobiography of a remarkable man. Fukuzawa Yukichi's life covered the sixty-six years between and , a period which comprised greater and more extraordinary changes than any other in the history of Japan. At the time of his birth Japan was almost entirely isolated from the outside world, with a hierarchical feudal system based on a Confucian code of morals. Her notions of warfare were medieval, her economy largely agricultural, her knowledge of modern science confined to the trickle of Dutch books which found their way into the country through the trading station at Nagasaki. At the time of his death Japan was to all effects a modern state. Her army and navy were so well disciplined and equipped that six years before they had defeated China and four years later they were to defeat Russia.

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The Autobiography of Yukichi Fukuzawa

Yukichi Fukuzawa. Rarer still are instances when one can point to a single figure and say, here is the man who more than any other provided the intellectual impetus for the change. Craig Columbia University Press. Yukichi Fukuzawa was a leading figure in the cultural revolution that transformed Japan from an isolated feudal nation into a full-fledged player in the modern world. He translated a wide range of Western works and adapted them to Japanese needs, inventing a colorful prose style close to the vernacular. He also authored many books, which were critical in introducing the powerful but alien culture of the West to the Japanese. Only by adopting the strengths and virtues of the West, he argued, could Japan maintain its independence despite the "disease" of foreign relations.

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