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Bushido's Role in the Growth of Pre-World War II Japanese Nationalism

By William R. Patterson, M.A.




Bushido's Role in the Growth of Pre-World War II Japanese Nationalism

The martial arts were used in the Japanese educational and military systems  to inculcate the samurai’s notions of honor and loyalty (bushido) in the general public. This article therefore posits that the martial arts played a role in the rise of Japanese nationalism and influenced the events that took place leading up to and during World War II.

SOURCE: Journal of Asian Martial Arts, Vol. 17 No. 3 (2008): 14 pages.


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