In the first episode of our series on the Meiji Restoration, we discuss the state of affairs in Japan prior to and immediately following the arrival of an American fleet in Edo Bay on July 8th, 1853. Having previously been isolated from the rest of the world, the ‘opening’ of Japan was certain to have grave political and social consequences that would be felt for decades to come.
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Keene, Donald. Emperor of Japan: Meiji and His World 1852-1912. Columbia University Press, 2002.
Hillsborough, Romulus. Samurai Revolution: the Dawn of Modern Japan through the Eyes of the Shogun's Last Samurai. Tuttle Publishing, 2018.
Jansen, Marius B. The Making of Modern Japan. Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2000.
Ravina, Mark. The Last Samurai: The Life and Battles of Saigo Takamori. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2011.
Sansom, George. A History of Japan 1615-1867 Stanford University Press, 1998
Cover Image: Illustration of a Military Review by Toyohara Chikanobu, 1887
Opening Theme: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, "From the New World", Op. 95, B. 178 by Antonín Dvořák
Closing Theme: "Miyasan, Miyasan," performed by the Daiei Company Male Choir
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