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The Resource To stand with the nations of the world : Japan's Meiji Restoration in world history, Mark Ravina

To stand with the nations of the world : Japan's Meiji Restoration in world history, Mark Ravina

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To stand with the nations of the world : Japan's Meiji Restoration in world history
Title
To stand with the nations of the world
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Japan's Meiji Restoration in world history
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Mark Ravina
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Language
eng
Summary
The samurai radicals who overthrew the last shogun in 1868 promised to restore ancient and pure Japanese ways. Foreign observers were terrified that Japan would lapse into violent xenophobia. But the new Meiji government took an opposite course. It copied "best practice" from around the world, building a powerful and modern Japanese nation with the help of European and American advisors. While revering the Japanese past, the Meiji government boldly embraced the foreign and the new. What explains this paradox? How could Japan's 1868 revolution be both modern and traditional, both xenophobic and cosmopolitan? To Stand with the Nations of the World explains the paradox of the Restoration through the forces of globalization. Japan's leaders wanted to celebrate Japanese uniqueness, but they also sought international recognition. Rather than simply mimic world powers like Britain, they sought to make Japan distinctly Japanese in the same way that Britain was distinctly British. Rather than sing "God Save the King," they created a Japanese national anthem with lyrics from ancient poetry, but Western-style music. The Meiji Restoration was thus part of the global "long nineteenth century" during which ambitious nation states like Japan, Britain, Germany, and the United States challenged the world's great multi-ethnic empires-Ottoman, Qing, Romanov, and Hapsburg. The Restoration also resonated with Japan's ancient past. In the 600s and 700s, Japan was threatened by the Tang dynasty, as powerful as the Roman empire. In order to resist the Tang, Japanese leaders borrowed Tang methods, building a centralized Japanese state on Tang models, and learning continental science and technology. As in the 1800s, Japan coopted international norms while insisting on Japanese distinctiveness. When confronting globalization in 1800s, Japan looked back to that "ancient globalization" of the 600s and 700s. The ancient past was, therefore, not remote or distant, but immediate and vital. --
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1961-
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Ravina, Mark
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Japan
  • Japan
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To stand with the nations of the world : Japan's Meiji Restoration in world history, Mark Ravina
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
An almost perpetual peace -- The crisis of imperialism -- Reform and revolution -- A newly ancient Japan -- The impatient nation -- The prudent empire -- Conclusion
Control code
ocn986236839
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiv, 312 pages
Isbn
9780195327717
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Stock number
14283311
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(OCoLC)986236839
Label
To stand with the nations of the world : Japan's Meiji Restoration in world history, Mark Ravina
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
An almost perpetual peace -- The crisis of imperialism -- Reform and revolution -- A newly ancient Japan -- The impatient nation -- The prudent empire -- Conclusion
Control code
ocn986236839
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiv, 312 pages
Isbn
9780195327717
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Stock number
14283311
System control number
(OCoLC)986236839

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