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Japanese Political History since the Meiji Renovation 1868-2000

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Japanese Political History Since the Meiji Restoration, 1868-2000 explores, through a combination of narrative and analysis, the changes in the political process which lay behind Japan?s transformation into a modern nation state; its successive turn toward militarism, fascism, and the Pacific War; and the imposition of a fully democratic constitution. Sims examines closely such central topics as the Meiji renovation, samurai modernisers, the rise of liberal political parties, the Meiji constitution, "Taisho ...
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Japanese Political History Since the Meiji Restoration, 1868-2000 explores, through a combination of narrative and analysis, the changes in the political process which lay behind Japan’s transformation into a modern nation state; its successive turn toward militarism, fascism, and the Pacific War; and the imposition of a fully democratic constitution. Sims examines closely such central topics as the Meiji renovation, samurai modernisers, the rise of liberal political parties, the Meiji constitution, "Taisho democracy", the wartime changes in the political system, postwar reforms and the "reverse course", four decades of Liberal Democratic rule, and the shake-up of Japanese politics during the 1990s. No other book has covered Japanese political history over the entire period since 1868 in such detail, and the present volume aims to fill the gap between the various general histories of modern Japan and the ever-increasing monographic literature.
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A political history of modern Japan that looks at issues of corruption and inefficiency as well as at the system's success at combining stability with virtually unlimited freedom of political and intellectual expression. Sims (U. of London) begins with the policies of the samurai modernizers who dominated the Meiji government; runs through the changes of the early 20th century and the eventual militarism that led to war, defeat, and occupation; covers postwar democratic reforms; and leads readers through the political shake-up of the 1990s. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780312239145
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 8.86 (h) x 1.09 (d)

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Richard Sims has taught Modern Japanese History at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, since 1966. His previous books include Modern Japan (1973) and French Policy Towards the Bakufu and Meiji Japan 1854-1895 (1998),
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface
Glossary
A Note on Japanese Names
The Changing Values of the Yen
Ch. 1 The Meiji Renovation 1
Ch. 2 The Consolidation of the Meiji State and the Growth of Political Opposition, 1878-90 40
Ch. 3 The Constitutional Experiment and the Beginning of Compromise Politics, 1890-1905 69
Ch. 4 Political Party Consolidation, Oligarchic Reaction and the Emergence of New Forces, 1905-18 93
Ch. 5 Party Cabinets, Radical Movements and the Collapse of Taisho Democracy, 1918-32 123
Ch. 6 The Pursuit of Greater National Unity and the War State, 1932-45 179
Ch. 7 The Post-War Reshaping of Japanese Politics, 1945-52 238
Ch. 8 The '1955 System' and the Era of LDP Dominance, 1952-93 266
Ch. 9 The Shake-up of Japanese Politics, 1993-2000 344
Bibliography 366
Index 381
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