Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

How Did Saigō Takamori Become A National Hero After His Death? The Political Uses Of Saigō's Figure And The Interpretation Of Seikanron

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

Since Saigo Takamori is a relatively well-known historical figure both in Japan and elsewhere, there seems to be several ways of representing Saigo, especially in a non-academic field. First of all, anyone who has lived in Japan for any length of time but without necessarily being well versed in Meiji history, knows about Saigo's popularity in Japan. This chapter aims at exploring the process of interaction between 'memory' and 'history' by considering various approaches to Saigo Takamori. First, current divergences of opinion on Saigo's position in the 1873 crisis are reviewed. Second, certain aspects of popular representations of Saigo are explored to grasp the 'collective memory' of Saigo. Lastly, by comparing representative remarks of intellectuals on Saigo, a typology of Saigo's image and its political usage are protrayed. The image of a national hero compatible with that of a seikanronsha had integrated this discourse on Saigo.

Keywords: Japan; Meiji history; non-academic field; Saigo Takamori; seikanronsha



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    The Power of Memory in Modern Japan — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation