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Author Samuels, Richard J.

Title Machiavelli's children : leaders and their legacies in Italy and Japan / Richard J. Samuels.

Published Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2003.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  303.340945 SAMU    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiv, 456 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Preface: Leaders Matter ix -- Introduction: Why Leaders Matter 1 -- Part I. Creation Stories: The Nineteenth Century -- 1. Chasing Prestige and Security 21 -- 2. How to Build a State: Count Cavour, Ito Hirobumi, and Yamagata Aritomo 41 -- 3. How to Build Wealth: Alessandro Rossi, Okubo Toshimichi, and Shibusawa Eichi 69 -- Part II. Liberal Exhaustion: The Early Twentieth Century -- 4. Death of Liberalism: Giovanni Giolitti and Hara Kei 99 -- 5. Birth of Corporatism: Muto Sanji, Alessandro Rossi, Kishi Nobusuke, Giovanni Agnelli, and Ayukawa Gisuke 124 -- 6. Total Leader: Benito Mussolini 152 -- Part III In the American Imperium: The Cold War -- 7. Chasing Democracy 179 -- 8. What Kind of Ally to Be: Alcide De Gasperi and Yoshida Shigeru 197 -- 9. Putting Corruption in Its Place: Kishi Nobusuke and Amintore Fanfani 225 -- Part IV. Degrees of Freedom: After the Cold War -- 10. Chasing Normality 263 -- 11. Choices on the Left: Achille Occhetto and Fuwa Tetsuzo 299 -- 12. Options on the Right: Umberto Bossi, Silvio Berlusconi, Ozawa Ichiro, and Ishihara Shintaro 316 -- Conclusion: How Leaders Have Mattered in Italy and Japan 344.
Summary 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 Shintaro on the contemporary right in each country.
Subject Political leadership -- Italy -- History -- 19th century.
Political leadership -- Italy -- History -- 20th century.
Political leadership -- Japan -- History -- 19th century.
Political leadership -- Japan -- History -- 20th century.
ISBN 0801434920 (cloth : alk. paper)