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The Chrysanthemum and the Sword : Patterns of Japanese Culture
The Chrysanthemum and the Sword Patterns of Japanese Culture Author:Ruth Benedict This book was first published in 1946 and has been reprinted many times. — From the back cover: — The war and the peace have both made Japan important to the United States. Thousands of Americans have been here [in Japan] since the war and thousands more will come. The ties now being forged between the two countries will have great consequences as... more » time goes on. We cannot afford to dismiss the Japanese. We must know their strengths and their weaknesses. In this book and anthropologist writes of their view of life and of themselves. She sketches in the main outlines of their society and then describes their curious system of practical ethics, their ideas of good and bad, and the disciplines which make them able to live according to their code. The book is of interest as a contribution to the history of human thought. It is a suggestive guide for nations of the West in their cooperation with Japan. It is also a completely fascinating, incisive and profoundly informative book on what makes the Japanese so uniquely Japanese.
Although this edition, printed in Japan, has no ISBN it does bear the identification number 0030-000113-4615.« less