Sakamoro Ryoma and the Meiji Restoration

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Jansen tells the story of the Restoration in the career and thought of Sakamoto Ryoma and, to a lesser extent, Nakaoka Shintaro, each an example of the new type of political leader: idealistic, individualistic, and patriotic.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231101738
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 5/18/1995
  • Edition description: Morningside ed
  • Pages: 423
  • Sales rank: 1,527,698
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 8.14 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Morningside Edition
I Sakamoto's Japan 3
1 The Tokugawa Setting 3
2 Tosa 20
3 Tosa at Mid-Century 36
II The Response to the West 51
1 The Tokugawa Response 51
2 Reforms in Tosa 67
3 The Education of Sakamoto Ryoma 77
III The Loyalist Years 93
1 The Shishi Type and Ideal 95
2 The Tosa Loyalist Party 104
3 The Shishi in National Politics 124
4 The Decline of Loyalist Extremism 137
IV Service with Katsu 153
1 Katsu Rintaro 154
2 Sakamoto and Katsu 160
3 The Hyogo Naval Academy 166
4 The Dismissal of Katsu 178
V The Satsuma-Choshu Alliance 185
1 Saigo Takamori and Satsuma 186
2 Nakaoka Shintaro and Choshu 195
3 From Shishi to Statesmen 204
4 The Alliance 211
VI The Kaientai 223
1 The Attack in the Teradaya 224
2 The Second Choshu Expedition 232
3 Changes in Tosa 241
4 The Nagasaki Scene 252
5 Reinstatement and Support for the Kaientai 259
VII The Eight-Point Program 271
1 The Advantage of Tosa Support 272
2 The Sogun Yoshinobu (Keiki) 278
3 The Kyoto Conference 286
4 Program for a New Government 294
5 The Icarus Affair 304
VIII Restoration 312
1 Yodo's Petition to Keiki 312
2 Preparations for War 317
3 The End of the Bakufu 326
4 Sakamoto and the New Government 335
5 The Warriors Become Kami 342
IX The Restoration in Tosa 347
1 The States of Response to the West 347
2 The Leaders and their Aims 355
3 The Problem of Class Interest 368
Chronological Tables 379
List of Works Cited 382
A Note on Sources 389
Biographical Notes 401
Index 417
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2001

    A major contribution toward a better understanding of modern Japan

    Professor Jansen¿s book is the first English-language biography of Sakamoto Ryoma, the most celebrated historical figure in Japan today. It is also an in-depth study of the political and socioeconomic situation during the turbulent and fascinating years of the Meiji Restoration, the dawn of modern Japan. When I first read this book fifteen years ago, it struck me as an invaluable college-level textbook for students of Japanese history. It also made me aware of the need in the English language for a more probing analysis of Sakamoto Ryoma, the man. It was then that I began the 7-year process of researching and writing RYOMA ¿ Life of a Renaissance Samurai, which I believe is a true-to-life portrait of Ryoma ¿ blood and guts, heart and soul.

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