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RUINS OF IDENTITY: Ethnogenesis in the Japanese Islands, by Mark J. Hudson. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1999, 324 pp., with maps, graphs and line drawings, unpriced.

Just as we attempt to create who we individually are by various assumptions and appropriations, so too do nations presume an identity that is based upon a number of premises and importations. All of these resemble each other more than they differ, but some nations, and some people, require different models.

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