When this book was published in Japanese in 1982 it was awarded the prestigious Jiro Osaragi Prize. It is an important contribution to the understanding of the mental and spiritual world of Japan just over two generations ago. The author argues that just as the period of isolation up to the middle of the 19th century was crucial for Japan’s development, so the Second World War represented another crucial period for the country. These years were a period of intellectual isolation during which significant development took place.

chapter 1|3 pages

An Approach to Japan, 1931–1945

chapter 2|6 pages

Concerning Tenkō

chapter 3|6 pages

Insularity and National Isolation

chapter 4|7 pages

National Structure

chapter 5|6 pages

Greater Asia

chapter 6|7 pages

Patterns of Immobility

chapter 7|6 pages

The Korea Within Japan

chapter 8|8 pages

Germs of Anti-Stalinism

chapter 10|6 pages

Everyday Life during the War

chapter 11|7 pages

1 As Victims of Atomic Bombs

chapter 12|7 pages

The End of the War

chapter 13|6 pages

Looking Back