The Jinnō Shōtōki () is a work on the history of Japan, composed by Kitabatake Chikafusa (), a Buddhist priest . The writer continued in this work the principles shintoïstes. The book, this History of the legitimate succession of the divine emperors or the country of the gods , was a political and historical treaty on Shinto, and it was used as reference until the era Meiji (1868-1912).
The prolog explained:
- “large Japan is the country of the gods. The ancestor, in the beginnings, founded the principle of it, and the Goddess of the Sun condescended to transmit it to her long lingnée. Our country, only, is similar thing. There is nothing similar in the foreign countries. This is why it is called the Country of the gods. ”
The work of Kitabake will have an important repercussion in the following years. It justifies the position of the nationalist thinkers and will give elements to the imperial ideology.
Brownlee, John S. (1997) national Japanese historians and the myths, 1600-1945: Old The off the Gods and Emperor Jimmu . Vancouver: University off British Columbia Near. ISBN 0-7748-0644-3 Tokyo: University off Tokyo Near. ISBN 4-13-027031-1
- Brownlee, John S. (1991). Political Thought in Japanese Historical Writing: From Kojiki (712) to Tokushi Yoron (1712) . Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfred University Bay-tree Near. ISBN 0-889-20997-9
- Varley, H. Paul, ED. (1980). Chikafusa, 1359, Jinnō Shōtōki; " In Chronicle off Gods and Sovereigns: “Jinnō Shōtōki” off Kitabatake Chikafusa" translated by H. Paul Varley. New York: Columbia University Near. ISBN 0-231-04940-4
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