The Meiji Restoration: Monarchism, Mass Communication and Conservative Revolution

Hardcover | December 15, 2009

byAlistair Swale

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The Meiji Restoration of 1868 is one of the most astonishing political events of the modern era, yet it doesnt fit easily with Western precedents of mass mobilization and social transformation. This book challenges some of the preconceptions that have hindered the Restoration being understood on its own terms.

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The Meiji Restoration of 1868 is one of the most astonishing political events of the modern era, yet it doesnt fit easily with Western precedents of mass mobilization and social transformation. This book challenges some of the preconceptions that have hindered the Restoration being understood on its own terms.

ALISTAIR SWALE is the author of The Political Thought of Mori Arinori: A Study in Meiji Conservatism, as well as having contributed chapters to a number of collaborative works dealing with various aspects of nineteenth century Japanese history. He is currently interested in examining further the role of popular culture in political co...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.56 inPublished:December 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230593860

ISBN - 13:9780230593862

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Table of Contents

Introduction * Japan Within the World System: Urbanization, Political Stasis and Western Economic Expansion * The Meiji Coup dEtat * Mass Media and the Development of Civil Culture * 'The More Thorough Fulfillment of the Restoration' * The Imperial Household, the Popular Press and the Contestation of Public Space * Conclusion: Conservatism, Traditionalism and Restoration * Bibliography

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"Provocative and stimulating." —James L. Huffman, Wittenberg University