The Chrysanthemum & The Sword( Ruth Benedict ) & The Japanese Mind ( Robert Christopher )

4 April 2015
Comparative summaries of works on Japanese culture, compared to Amer. culture, from anthropological & anecdotal perspectives.

This study will provide a summary of two books on Japanese culture, Ruth Benedict’s The Chrysanthemum and the Sword and Robert C. Christopher’s The Japanese Mind. Benedict’s work is the more anthropological work, focusing on the development of Japanese culture from the seventh century to the end of World war II. Christopher has written the more anecdotal work, focusing on Japanese culture after World War II, primarily on the decades of the 1970s and 1980s.
Christopher writes to educate Americans about Japanese culture in the late 20th century and to improve relations between the two countries, presenting a psychic and institutional guidebook to today’s Japan (Christopher 7). Aiming at the lay reader, Christopher’s book is deliberately non-scholarly, but his intentions are serious. The urgency of his book is rooted in his..
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