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Choshu in the Meiji Restoration


When Commodore Perry arrived in Japan to open the country to Western trade in 1853, he found a medieval amalgam of sword-bearing samurai, castle towns, Confucian academies, peasant villages, rice paddies, upstart merchants, bath houses, and Kabuki. Fifteen years later, Japan was on its way to becoming the only non-Western nation in the nineteenth century with a modern centralized bureaucratic state and industrial economy. This book is a study of the Meiji Restoration that changed the face of Japan. Prominent historian ...

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Choshu in the Meiji Restoration
2000, Lexington Books, Lanham, MD

ISBN-13: 9780739101933

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Choshu in the Meiji Restoration
1973, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, England

ISBN-13: 9780674128507

2nd edition


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