Introduction: ‘Meiji Japan in global history’


This introduction provides a brief overview of some of the ways the Meiji Restoration is being commemorated at home and around the world in this sesquicentennial year. Doing so demonstrates the complexity of this history and current remembrances of the event and the new era it launched. It also serves to introduce the six essays in this volume, and the ways they problematize the Meiji national paradigm to reveal inherent tensions between the development of Japanese nation-building and nationalism and the country’s engagement with globalizing forces. Focusing on the idea of “Global Meiji” highlights the era as both national and global.

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Japan Forum