Chrysanthemum and the Sword: Patterns of Japanese Culture


Chrysanthemum and the Sword: Patterns of Japanese Culture


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The Chrysanthemum and the Sword is a timeless work that has defined much of our present understanding of Japan. “How and why does Japanese culture differ from our own?” and “Why is it seemingly so self-contradictory?” are just some of the questions addressed in this landmark study.

In her book, Benedict explains the importance of Japanese social structures including hierarchy, marriage, family, filial piety, self discipline and other core values – to illuminate the fact that while many things in Japan have changed, much remains the same. Remarkably, this masterpiece of “culture by distance” remains unsurpassed even today in providing insights on Japan and the distinctive Japanese way of life.

Through over fifty reprintings, this classic has made an indelible contribution to the study of Japanese culture, not only in the classroom but within popular culture in the United States and throughout the world.

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Dimensions 203 × 130 mm

Ruth Benedict

Author Bio

Ruth Benedict (1887-1948), one of the most eminent American anthropologists of the twentieth century, was born in New York City. In 1923 she received her doctorate from Columbia University, where she remained throughout her academic career. She is widely known for her book Patterns of Culture (1934), which explained the concept of culture to the layperson and became an American classic. Ezra F. Vogel is the Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus at Harvard. He is a past director of Harvard's East Asian Research Center and Chairman of the Council for East Asian Studies. He is the author of many books on Japan, China, Korea and Asia in general.



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