Random Thoughts, inspried by the Readings for the Intellectual History of Edo Japan

What if the Modern period in Japan started not as an inevitable stage, but as a moment containing random decision and accidental events that function more as a break/departure from the historical evolutionism?  Therefore, instead of looking for a cohesive link that had emerged from the pre-modern stages and grown into maturity in the modern era, can we consider the current mainstream thoughts in the modern era (Meiji & Taisho mainly) survived from contingency?
maybe that is what Foucault said about the history; a deconstructive view of history not as a link but as fragments, i don’t know.

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art historian, writer, a dog person, NYC-resident (not new yorker), a ph.d student of Japanese art and architecture,
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