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Performing the Great PeacePolitical Space and Open Secrets in Tokugawa Japan$
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Luke S. Roberts

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835132

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835132.001.0001

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(p.191) Conclusion
Performing the Great Peace

Luke S. Roberts

University of Hawai'i Press

This concluding chapter looks at the process of destruction of the feudal order itself and offers some thoughts on what happened to omote and uchi within Japanese culture in the transition to modernity. The nationalist revolution brought about an associated decline in the ideology of the politics of omote and naishō and replaced it with a new discourse of individual, popular, and state rights that by 1890 had become enshrined in law and constitution. The cultural bases of the old politics continued in many common patterns of social interaction, and they informally influenced governmental practice, but the old politics was no longer an ideal by which to structure the disbursement of authority. Omote and naishō was no longer an ideal form of politics and was disassociated from the feudal apportioning of naibun inner spaces of authority.

Keywords:   feudal order, omote, uchi, Japanese culture, Tokugawa period, naibun, naisho

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