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From Shinjinkai to Zengakuren: Petit Bourgeois Students and the Postwar Revolution, 1945–1950

  • Kenji Hasegawa
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Part of the New Directions in East Asian History book series (NDEAH)

Abstract

This chapter focuses on the conflict over the postwar Shinjinkai through the perspectives of its leader, Watanabe Tsuneo, and Okiura Kazuteru, the student activist who played a key role in ousting him and paving the way for the establishment of the Zengakuren. It shows that the attack on the postwar Shinjinkai was not merely a disciplinary crackdown by the JCP, but resulted from the rebellion of younger student radicals entering the university in 1947 against the existing leadership of the Tokyo University JCP cell. It also explores how the Shinjinkai and Zengakuren students identified with alternative generational manifestoes of Ara Masahito’s ‘Second Youth’ and Kurosawa Akira’s film No Regrets for my Youth, and how they positioned themselves in Japan’s postwar revolution as ‘petit bourgeois’ students.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenji Hasegawa
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  1. 1.Yokohama National UniversityYokohamaJapan

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