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Indian versus Japanese socio-economic identity: Japanese exceptionalism, myth or reality?

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This paper aims to demonstrate that Japan was not an “exception” compared to India and other Asian nations, as the Eurocentric historiography has been claiming since the end of the 19th century. By using methodologies and concepts introduced by Libbrecht (2007) and Sen (2005, 2006 and 2009) it is established that India and Japan reflected similar ways of socio-economic thinking but their final collective choices were however very different, resulting from their respective geo-political and geo-economic realities, and not from cultural factors. It is concluded that a more balanced approach to world history in which the roles of Japan and India are put into a broader perspective is needed in order to facilitate genuine cross-cultural communication and respect.
Book: Conference Proceedings. International Conference on India-Japan Relations Transforming into Potential Partnership. 60th Anniversary of Japan-India Diplomatic Relations
Pages: 69 - 83
Publication year:2012