Notes: Episode 24, The Meiji Restoration (Part 2)

3:20 – For more on German unification in the 19th century, you can see my series with Dan McGinnis. The first episode can be found here. 25:30 – Oh, goodness. If you’re not at least passingly familiar with Marxism, this section might have gotten a little muddled, and for that I apologize. This is what can happen when two people trained in a discipline hold a conversation about it, especially when both have further links to political science – we […]

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24. The Meiji Restoration (Part 2)

In this episode we examine the the drastic social and political changes instituted by the Meiji emperor after his restoration and consolidation of power, as well as Japan’s first forays into global politics. James Mitchell returns as guest.

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Notes: Episode 23, The Meiji Restoration (Part 1)

As with every show, I’ll list any corrections or clarifications here. If there’s anything I’ve overlooked, please contact me by email or in the comments and I’ll edit the notes to reflect the new information.   19:42 – The incident I was thinking of was an American ship, not British, which in 1837 tried to return three Japanese sailors who had shipwrecked on the coast of Oregon. The ship was turned away by Japanese authorities. Granted, the return of the sailors was […]

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23. The Meiji Restoration (Part 1)

In this episode, we look at the extremely stable Edo period of Japanese history which was dramatically interrupted by Western powers bent on economic trade with Japan, as well as the struggle to reinstate the Imperial seat as the executive power for the country. James Mitchell joins as guest.

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