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

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


When Emperor Meiji begun his rule, in 1867, Japan used to be a splintered empire, ruled through the shogun and the daimyos, who governed over the country's greater than 250 decentralized domain names and who have been, broadly speaking, bring to an end from the surface global, staunchly antiforeign, and dedicated to the traditions of the previous. ahead of lengthy, the shogun surrendered to the emperor, a brand new structure used to be followed, and Japan emerged as a latest, industrialized kingdom.

Despite the size of his reign, little has been written in regards to the unusually obscured determine of Meiji himself, the 1st emperor ever to fulfill a ecu. so much historians speak about the interval that takes his identify whereas slightly declaring the fellow, assuming that he had no actual involvement in political beliefs. Even eastern who think Meiji to were their nation's maximum ruler can have hassle recalling a unmarried own accomplishment that will account for this kind of wonderful attractiveness. popular Japan pupil Donald Keene sifts the to be had facts to give a wealthy portrait not just of Meiji but in addition of speedy and occasionally violent switch in this pivotal interval in Japan's historical past.

In this brilliant and engrossing biography, we circulate with the emperor via his early, conventional schooling; take part the formal processions that familiar the younger emperor along with his nation and its humans; detect his habit in courtroom, his marriage, and his relationships with numerous consorts; and persist with his maturation right into a "Confucian" sovereign devoted to simplicity, frugality, and difficult paintings. Later, in the course of Japan's wars with China and Russia, we witness Meiji's fight to reconcile his own dedication to peace and his nation's more and more militarized event of modernization. Emperor of Japan conveys in glowing prose the complexity of the fellow and gives an unmatched portrait of Japan in a interval of special interest.

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