publication . Doctoral thesis . 2017

Explaining Meiji Japan's top-down revolution

McClain, Kendra M.;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Dec 2017
  • Publisher: Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School
Abstract
Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited Meiji Japanese leaders consisted of an oligarchy that strived to overcome Western imperialist pressures in Asia. They did so by overturning some deeply rooted Tokugawa-Era traditions in Japanese society and replaced them with Western ones. They understood that Western norms dictated world affairs, so they sought to make Japan strong along Western norms. Modeling the West provided enough traction for Japan to meet Western threats and maintain its sovereignty. Meiji leaders reshaped Japan's foreign policies by emphasizing foreign affairs, emulating Western boundary-making, revising the unequal trade treaties, ...
Subjects
free text keywords: Meiji, Japan, reform, Asia, foreign policy, military
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