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Author Shinichi, Kitaoka

Title The Political History of Modern Japan : Foreign Relations and Domestic Politics
Published Milton : Routledge, 2018
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Contents Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; Key individuals; List of figures; List of tables; Notes on Japanese names and dates; Preface to the English edition; Preface; About the author; About the translators; 1 The political characteristics of the Tokugawa political system; Comparisons of the West and the Tokugawa Japan; Sixteenth-century Japan and the West; Western pluralism; The centralism of the Tokugawa political system; The issue of legitimacy; Easy collapse, easy unification; Legacies of the Tokugawa Japan; The peace dividend; The samurai ethos; 2 Responding to the West
Establishing the foundations of power: military affairsEstablishing the foundations of power: finances; Creating "citizens"; Creating a national foundation: introducing Western civilization; Mobilizing human energy; 4 Rise of opposition; Establishing foreign relations and the samurai revolt; The international order and modernity; Seikanron; Rise of the antigovernment groups; Appeasement and its limits; The Satsuma Rebellion; The freedom and people's rights movement; Development of the people's freedom and rights movement; The 1881 Political Crisis
Open the country or keep it closed?Japanese perception of the outside world; Expectations placed on the shogunal leadership; The issue of imperial sanction for the treaty and the shogunal succession; The unrest of the Bakumatsu; Outbreak of the "Revere the Emperor, Expel the Barbarian" movement; The search for and collapse of a shogunate-domain alliance framework; The collapse of the shogunate; The conditions necessary for a "low-cost" revolution; 3 Building the Meiji state; Establishing a centralized government; Securing wider support; Concentrating power
The peak and decline of the people's rights movement5 Creation of the Meiji constitutional structure; Enactment of the Meiji Constitution; The road to constitutional enactment; A Prussian-style constitution; Ancillary systems for the constitution; Characteristics of the Meiji Constitution; Two views of the emperor; Taking on treaty revision; The treaty revision issue; The Daidō Danketsu movement; 6 The establishment of parliament; Hanbatsu-party relations in the early Diet sessions; The launch of parliament; Transcendentalism; Aspects of the early Diet sessions
The transformation of "relief for the people"Hanbatsu-party relations following the First Sino-Japanese War; Postwar expansion; The Ōkuma-Itagaki Cabinet; The Yamagata Cabinet; The establishment of the Seiyūkai; 7 The First Sino-Japanese and Russo-Japanese Wars; The First Sino-Japanese War; The line of sovereignty and the line of interest; The Sino-Japanese confrontation over Korea; Achieving revision of the unequal treaties; The First Sino-Japanese War; The partition of China; The Open Door Note; The Russo-Japanese war; The Hundred Days Reform and the Boxer Rebellion
Summary Spanning the 130-year period between the end of the Tokugawa Era and the end of the Cold War, this book introduces students to the formation, collapse, and rebirth of the modern Japanese state. It demonstrates how, faced with foreign threats, Japan developed a new governing structure to deal with these challenges and in turn gradually shaped its international environment. Had Japan been a self-sufficient power, like the United States, it is unlikely that external relations would have exercised such great control over the nation. And, if it were a smaller country, it may have been completely pressured from the outside and could not have influenced the global stage on its own. For better or worse therefore, this book argues, Japan was neither too large nor too small. Covering the major events, actors, and institutions of Japan's modern history, the key themes discussed include: Building the Meiji state and Constitution. The establishment of Parliament. The First Sino-Japanese and Russo-Japanese Wars. Party Politics and International Cooperation. The Pacific War. Development of LDP politics. Changes in the international order and the end of the Cold War. This book, written by one of Japan's leading experts on Japan's political history, will be an essential resource for students of Japanese modern history and politics
Notes The Anglo-Japanese Alliance
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Subject Diplomatic relations.
HISTORY -- Modern -- General.
HISTORY -- Asia -- Japan.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- History & Theory.
Politics and government.
Japan -- Foreign relations -- 1868-
Japan -- Politics and government -- 1868-
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0429442238