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Empire of Hope: The Sentimental Politics of Japanese Decline

by David Leheny Cornell University Press
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Hbk 246 pages
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Empire of Hope asks how emotions become meaningful in political life. In a diverse array of cases from recent Japanese history, David Leheny shows how sentimental portrayals of the nation and its global role reflect a durable story of hopefulness about the country's postwar path. From the medical treatment of conjoined Vietnamese children...

AcknowledgmentsConventions1. Maybe They Will Smile Back2. Souls of the Ehime Maru3. Cheer Up, Vietnam4. Cool Optimism5. Staging The Empire of Light6. The Peripheral U-Turn7. Everything SinksNotesIndex

"David Leheny, one of the most creative scholars of international relations today, explores how national narratives arise, change, and constrain views of ourselves and others. Drawing from cinema, narrative and emotion, Leheny challenges conventional views of Japan and its place in the world. This provocative book is necessary for understanding Japan and international relations in general."

David Leheny is Professor in the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies at Waseda University. He is the author of Think Global, Fear Local: Sex, Violence, and Anxiety in Contemporary Japan and Rules of Play: National Identity and the Shaping of Japanese Leisure.