Maruyama Lectures by Carol Gluck

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Two Lectures by Carol Gluck, April 2004

Lecture: After the Shipwreck: New Horizons for History-Writing

Of the many roles Maruyama took on as postwar Japan's preeminent advocate of democracy, perhaps one of the most important was that of a translator. For Maruyama, translation was the means by which ideas from vastly different times and places were related to the present-day politics of resisting ideological domination. Tetsuo Najita, as a fellow historian of Japanese thought, offers a sensitive discussion on the importance of translation to Maruyama's "problem-oriented" approach to history. As Najita shows, Maruyama was always translating the thought of his country's past into the present in the hopes of overcoming geographically limited history and the nationalization of political ideas.

See here for an excerpt from Carol Gluck's lecture.

Seminar: Maruyama and History

Gluck considers the life and scholarship of Maruyama Masao, and the ways that he, as both a historical thinker and prominent public figure, understood the relationship between the issues of the past and with the critical intellectual and moral dilemmas confronting postwar Japan. Gluck asserts that we cannot understand Maruyama or the passionate responses he provoked apart from a keen sense of the `historicity' of his particular moment, and seeks to identify the boundaries have defined the discourse of Maruyama and his interlocutors.

See here for an excerpt from Carol Gluck's seminar.