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The Chaos and Cosmos of Kurosawa TokikoOne Woman's Transit from Tokugawa to Meiji Japan$
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Laura Nenzi

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824839574

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824839574.001.0001

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The Flight of a Sparrow

(p.1) Introduction
The Chaos and Cosmos of Kurosawa Tokiko

Laura Nenzi

University of Hawai'i Press

This introductory chapter outlines the three goals of the book and situates its contribution against existing scholarship. The Chaos and Cosmos of Kurosawa Tokiko offers a fresh perspective on what it meant to be a woman and a political activist in the late Tokugawa period; it enriches our understanding of ideology and society in nineteenth-century Japan by blurring the line between rational and irrational; and nuances our understanding of Japan’s transition into the modern era by illuminating simultaneously the well-known historical moments and the microcosm of the single individual.

Keywords:   introduction, Mito, microhistory, women, political activism, loyalism, divination, historiography

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