By Richard J. Samuels

Two late-developing international locations, Japan and Italy, equally captivated with attaining modernity and with becoming a member of the ranks of the nice powers, have traveled parallel classes with very diversified nationwide identities. during this audacious ebook approximately management and ancient offerings, Richard J. Samuels emphasizes the function of human ingenuity in political switch. He attracts on interviews and archival learn in a desirable sequence of paired biographies of political and company leaders from Italy and Japan.

Beginning with the founding of recent geographical regions after the Meiji recovery and the Risorgimento, Samuels strains the developmental dynamic in either international locations in the course of the failure of early liberalism, the arriving of fascism, imperial adventures, defeat in wartime, and reconstruction as American allies. Highlights of Machiavelli's young ones comprise new debts of the making of postwar jap politics―using American cash and Manchukuo connections―and of the cave in of Italian political events within the fresh arms (Mani Pulite) scandal.

The writer additionally tells the newer tales of Umberto Bossi's neighborhood scan, the Lega Nord, different offerings made by way of Italian and jap communist celebration leaders after the cave in of the USSR, and the management of Silvio Berlusconi and Ishihara Shintar at the modern correct in every one country.

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