Kokugaku in Meiji-period Japan elucidates kokugaku's gradual shift from a politico-religious movement to an educational and academic discipline. Michael Wachutka investigates numerous prominent kokugaku scholars and describes their new latitude for actively influencing the nation-oriented discourse in Meiji-period Japan.
Michael Wachutka, Dr. phil. (2007), University of Tubingen, Germany, is the Director of the Tubingen University Center for Japanese Language at Doshisha University in Kyoto. He has published several monographs and articles on Japanese intellectual history, national identity, and religion.