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Memories Of A Liberal, Liberalism Of Memory: Tsuda Sōkichi And A Few Things He Forgot To Mention

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The author focuses on the views of Tsuda. Nevertheless, in spite of Tsuda's apparent indifference and the bare fact that he never met with the violence that many other 'dissenters' had to undergo, the event had a portentous outcome in terms of 'memory'. Historical memory sometimes makes strange leaps. It is only after his death that pre-war versions of Tsuda's works appeared, at a moment when the post-war image of Tsuda had already taken over the way in which he was (to be) remembered, namely as a conservative remnant of a not very appealing past. The post-war Tsuda had to be separated from this promising legacy in a most unambiguous manner: ninety pages of minute comparison and the harshest of verdicts, tenkō. The least one can say is that Ienaga has shown us that Tsuda's legacy was not an easy one to forget.

Keywords: conservative remnant; tenkō; Tsuda's legacy



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