Previous Publications


Private Academies of Chinese Learning in Meiji Japan: the Decline and Transformation of the kangaku juku. Copenhagen: NIAS Press, 2003. Paperback edition 2005.

Given that this book was PIRATED (see my Blog post of 17 November 2015), I don’t see why I shouldn’t pirate the pirated version and make it available from this website, so here it is:


Note, however, that this is only a pdf file, so it doesn’t really offer all the advantages of a proper e-book in mobi (Kindle) or e-pub format. So so I still recommend the printed version!

History and the State in Nineteenth-Century Japan. Basingstoke and London, Macmillan, 1998.

English version of Eine Vergangenheit für die Japanische Nation: not a straight translation though, I pruned it and updated some parts.

NEW: The rights for History and the State in Nineteenth-Century Japan have reverted to the author, and I am currently preparing a paperback edition, which will be published later this year.


Japanisch – Sprache des Teufels? Munich: iudicium (OAG Taschenbuch Nr. 88), 2008.

More a booklet than a book actually, short and sweet …

Eine Vergangenheit für die Japanische Nation. Die Entstehung des historischen Forschungsinstituts Tôkyô daigaku Shiryô hensanjo (1869-1895). Frankfurt a.M.: Verlag Peter Lang 1992.

The rights for this book reverted to the author (me) some years ago, so I can now offer it to you as a freebie here:

Mehl 1992 Eine Vergangenheit für die japanische Nation

I tore apart a printed copy and scanned it myself, so the quality is so-so, but, hey, it’s free!

Carl Köppen und sein Wirken als Militärinstrukteur für das Fürstentum Kii-Wakayama (1869-1872) (M.A. thesis), Bonn (Bonner Zeitschrift für Japanologie), September 1991 (1987).

Thanks to the Bonner Zeitschrift für Japanlologie, I can now offer this as a freebie.

Mehl 1991 Köppen Kii Wakayama

As with the previous item, I vandalized a printed copy to scan it and the quality is mixed, but, hey, it’s free!


Guest editor for Japan issue, Nineteenth-Century Music Review 10, no. 2 (2013).


“Cultural Translation in Two Directions: The Suzuki Method in Japan and Germany”, Research & Issues in Music Education,7.1 (September 2009) (RIME ONLINE)

“Japan’s Early Twentieth-Century Violin Boom”, Nineteenth-Century Music Review, 7/1, 2010: 21-43.

“A Man’s Job? The Kôda Sisters, Violin Playing and Gender Stereotypes in the Introduction of Western Music in Japan”, Women’s History Review, 21:1 (February 2012): 101-120.

“A Personal View of Volunteering in Iwate After 3. 11: In Whose Service?” The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol 10 Issu47, No. 2, November 18, 2012.

“The European model and the archive in Japan: Inspiration or legitimation?” History of the Human Sciences, 26.4 (2013): 107-127.

“Introduction: Western Music in Japan: A Success Story?” Nineteenth-Century Music Review 10.2 (2013): 211-22.

“Going Native, Going Global: The Violin in Modern Japan” (ネイティブ化とグローバル化 近代日本におけるバイオリン) The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 12, Issue 48, No. 3, December 1, 2014.

Articles in The Strad

“Land of the Rising Sisters,” The Strad (May 2007): 60-64.

“Made in Japan,” The Strad (May 2008): 58-64.

“Toshiya Eto, 1927-2008” (Obituary), The Strad (June 2008): 25.

“Japanese Salon Schools,” The Strad (December 2008): 48-52


“‘The Last of the Last’: How Masabumi Hosono’s Night was Forgotten,” Encyclopedia Titanica Research, November 2003,


For a more extensive list of Margaret Mehl’s publications (since 2001), please see: