Oleg Benesch / ベネシュ・オレグ / 贝奥雷




Inventing the Way of the Samurai: Nationalism, Internationalism, and Bushidō in Modern Japan. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014 (pbk 2016). (entry at The Page 99 Test; reviews in The Japan Times, American Historical ReviewJournal of Asian StudiesJapan Review, H-Net, Journal of Military HistoryDhau, and H/Soz/Kult).

with Margrit Pernau, Helge Jordheim et al. Civilizing Emotions. Concepts in Europe and Asia 1870-1920. Oxford: Oxford University Press,  2015.

Academic journal articles: 

Reconsidering Zen, Samurai, and the Martial Arts,” The Asia Pacific Journal- Japan Focus, Vol. 14, No. 17, Issue 7 (Sept. 1, 2016). pp. 1-24. (Reprinted in Morgan Pitelka ed. Japanese Art: Critical and Primary Sources (Vol. 4). London: Bloomsbury, 2018).

The Samurai Next Door: Chinese Examinations of the Japanese Martial Spirit,” Extrême-Orient Extrême-Occident, No. 38 (Jan. 2015). pp. 129-168.

National Consciousness and the Evolution of the Civil/Martial Binary in East Asia,” Taiwan Journal of East Asian Studies, Vol. 8:1, Issue 15, (June 2011). pp. 129-171. PDF

Wang Yangming and Bushidō: Japanese Nativization and its Influences in Modern China,” Journal of Chinese Philosophy Vol. 36, No. 3 (Fall 2009). pp. 439-454.

“Comparing Warrior Traditions: How the Janissaries and Samurai Maintained their Status and Privileges during Centuries of Peace,” Comparative Civilizations Review No. 55 (Fall 2006). pp. 37-57.

「発明された伝統としての武士道:日本の独自の思想なのか」(“Bushidō as an Invented Tradition: A Uniquely Japanese Ideology?”), 『言語と文明』(Language and Culture) Vol. 2 (2004). pp. 91-107.

Other selected book chapters, articles, reviews, and translations:

Imperial Japan saw itself as a ‘warrior nation’ – and the idea lingers today,” The Conversation, December 22, 2017. (Reprinted in Japanese in NewSphere, April 3, 2018: 自らを「武士の国」とした大日本帝国……そしてその思想は今なお残る)

Meiji Restoration Losers: Memory and Tokugawa Supporters in Modern Japan. By Michael Wert . Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2013. 240 pp. ISBN: 9780674726703 (cloth),” Journal of Asian Studies, Volume 75, Issue 4 (November 2016), pp. 1138-1140.

Japan’s ‘newfound’ militarism has been 70 years in the making,” The Conversation, May 26, 2016.

Liquid Bread, Global Circuses, and China’s German Heritage,” Making History, April 19, 2016.

Rebellion in Japan’s Army, 1860-1931: A Review of Culture of Disobedience: Rebellion and Defiance in the Japanese Army, 1860-1931, by Danny Orbach,Dissertation Reviews, March 4, 2015.

Gentlemen, Samurai, and Germans in China,” OUP Blog, Nov. 1, 2014.

The Way of the Samurai in Modern Japan,” Past and Future: the Magazine of the Institute of Historical Research, Vol. 12 (Autumn 2012). p. 14. PDF

Samurai Thought,” Jim Heisig, et al eds. Japanese Philosophy: A Sourcebook. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2011. pp. 1103-1114. Review in Japan Review by Aike P. Rots 

軍国主義的武士道への抵抗:平和を目的した新渡戸と廣池の業績」(“Resisting Militaristic Bushidō: Striving for Peace in the works of Nitobe Inazō and Hiroike Chikurō”), Iwasa Nobumichi ed. 『廣池千九郎の思想と業績』(The Thought and Works of Hiroike Chikurō). Kashiwa: Morarojii kenkyūjo, 2011. pp. 71-88.

「明治・平成の両時代に於ける平和的武士道の可能性と現実を考える」 (“Considering the Possibility and Reality of a ‘Peaceful Bushidō’ in the Meiji and Heisei Periods”), Hibunken nyūzuretā No. 15 (May 28, 2009). Kashiwa: Center for the Comparative Study of Civilizations and Cultures, Reitaku University. pp. 7-8.

“A Feuerian Examination of Wang Yang-Ming’s Teachings in Modern Japanese Intellectual Discourse,” Conference Proceedings of the 15th Conference of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy (June 2007).

(translation from Japanese) Hattori Eiji; “Did the Dragon Cross the Pacific Ocean? Mayan Civilization and Austronesia,” Journal for the Comparative Study of Civilizations No. 9 (2004). pp. 1-25.

「アメリカの宗教」(“American Religions”), 『世界を揺るがす宗教団体:謎と真相』(Religious Movements that Shook the World: Myth and Fact). Tokyo: Shin jinbutsu ōrai sha, 2003. pp. 300-301.