History’s Untouchables

History’s Untouchables

Who, or What, Dropped the Atom Bombs? Bridging the Atomic Divide: Debating Japan–U.S. Attitudes on Hiroshima and Nagasaki by Harry Wray and Seishiro Sugihara. Lexington Books, 2019. Hardcover, 340 pages, $115. Resurrecting Nagasaki: Reconstruction and the Formation of...
Natural Law Globalism

Natural Law Globalism

Tanaka Kōtarō and World Law: Rethinking the Natural Law Outside the West by Kevin M. Doak. Palgrave Pivot, 2019. Hardcover, 127 pages, $67. Reviewed by Jason Morgan The word “globalism” has become a—perhaps the—shibboleth of our age. Whatever the issue, globalism is...
Sandel in China

Sandel in China

Encountering China: Michael Sandel and Chinese Philosophy Michael J. Sandel and Paul J. D’Ambrosio. Harvard University Press, 2018. Hardcover, 320 pages, $30. Reviewed by Jason Morgan During the twentieth century, liberals such as John Rawls, Friedrich Hayek, Milton...

The Meiji Restoration at 150

A critical gaze falls on Meiji sloganeering. JASON MORGAN In 1853, American ships under the command of U.S. Navy Commodore Matthew Perry appeared in Uraga Bay off the coast of Japan. Their purpose was to deliver to the Japanese authorities a list of demands, couched...

A Samurai’s Hidden Gospel

A Christian Samurai: The Trials of Baba Bunkō by William J. Farge, SJ; Foreword by Kevin M. Doak. The Catholic University of America Press, 2016. Hardcover, 336 pages, $35. For decades, the standard American academic treatment of Japanese Christianity has been that...

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