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Army, Empire and Politics in Meiji Japan

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Army, Empire and Politics in Meiji Japan by Stewart Lone
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Dramatic innovations in modern Japan include a mass army, overseas empire, and constitutional polity. This study links these changes in the Meiji era (1868-1912). It focuses on the life of General Katsura Taro, one of the architects of the modern military, a leading figure in Japanese colonialism, and prime minister through the 1900s. Challenging the received wisdom about Japanese militarism and imperialism, it exposes the army's ambivalence about empire but also its positive role in political change.

Author Biography

STEWART LONE is Senior Lecturer in East Asian History at the University of New South Wales, Australia. He is the author of Japan's First Modern War: Army and Society in the Conflict with China, 1984-95 and Korea Since 1850 (with Gavan McCormack).
Release date NZ
May 23rd, 2000
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
VII, 247 p.
Palgrave Macmillan
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