Machiavelli's Children

Machiavelli's Children

Leaders and Their Legacies in Italy and Japan

Winner of the 2003 Helen and Howard R. Marraro Prize (Society for Italian Historical Studies)

Winner of the 2004 Jervis-Schroeder Prize (International History and Politics Section, American Political Science Association)



Two late-developing nations, Japan and Italy, similarly obsessed with achieving modernity and with joining the ranks of the great powers, have traveled parallel courses with very different national identities. In this audacious book about leadership and historical choices, Richard J. Samuels emphasizes the role of human ingenuity in political change. He draws on interviews and archival research in a fascinating series of paired biographies of political and business leaders from Italy and Japan.

Beginning with the founding of modern nation-states after the Meiji Restoration and the Risorgimento, Samuels traces the developmental dynamic in both countries through the failure of early liberalism, the coming of fascism, imperial adventures, defeat in wartime, and reconstruction as American allies. Highlights of Machiavelli's Children include new accounts of the making of postwar Japanese politics—using American money and Manchukuo connections—and of the collapse of Italian political parties in the Clean Hands (Mani Pulite) scandal.

The author also tells the more recent stories of Umberto Bossi's regional experiment, the Lega Nord, the different choices made by Italian and Japanese communist party leaders after the collapse of the USSR, and the leadership of Silvio Berlusconi and Ishihara Shintar on the contemporary right in each country.




Also of interest

The Rise and Fall of Japan's LDP
Political Party Organizations as Historical Institutions
Ellis S. Krauss, Robert J. Pekkanen

Subjects

Interdisciplinary Studies : Asian Studies
Political Science : Political Science / Asia
Political Science : Political Science / Comparative Politics
Political Science : Political Science / Europe

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