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Emperor of Japan : Meiji and His world, 1852-1912

Author: Donald Keene
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"When Emperor Meiji began his rule, in 1867, Japan was a splintered empire, dominated by the shogun and the daimyos, who ruled over the country's more than 250 decentralized domains and who were, in the main, cut off from the outside world, staunchly antiforeign, and committed to the traditions of the past. Before long, the shogun surrendered to the emperor, a new constitution was adopted, and Japan emerged as a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Meiji, Emperor of Japan; Meiji, Emperor of Japan
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Donald Keene
ISBN: 023112340X 9780231123402 9780231123419 0231123418
OCLC Number: 46731178
Awards: Shortlisted for Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize - Non-Fiction 2002.
Description: xiii, 922 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Preface --
Emperor of Japan --
Notes --
Glossary --
Bibliography.
Responsibility: Donald Keene.

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This is the extraordinary story of how Japan was dramatically transformed during the long reign of Emperor Meiji, from an isolated island nation to one of the five great powers of the world, poised  Read more...

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