Emperor Meiji (3): The Man and the Image

Emperor Meiji (3): The Man and the Image

  • 24th May 2019

Japan’s victory over Russia in 1905, although won at great cost and, one might say, by the skin of their teeth, represented a great triumph and gave rise to an upsurge in nationalism. By 1905 many Japanese were too young to remember the time of their country’s humiliating weakness in…

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Emperor Meiji (2): Becoming a Constitutional Monarch

Emperor Meiji (2): Becoming a Constitutional Monarch

  • 30th April 2019

The Meiji Emperor was only sixteen when the Restoration of 1868 ended the rule of the Tokugawa shoguns and established the imperial court as the supreme authority. Personal rule by the emperor remained the ideal, but in fact around 20 men from the nobility and the domains involved in the…

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