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Meiji Japan in Global History Workshop

Meiji Emperor and court
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Friday, November 10, 2017
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All Day
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Keynote: Anne Walthall (History, UC Irvine)

Japan's Meiji era (1868-1912) has been cast and recast in narratives that have focused on change: the overthrow of the Tokugawa shogunate; the adoption of Western ideas and institutions; high-speed modernization, industrialization, and commercialization; and the rise of Japanese imperialism in Asia.

The workshop will ask if and how Meiji signifies a moment of global connectivity and in what ways this twenty-first century starting point stimulates new questions and offers ways to reconceptualize Japanese engagement with the late nineteenth century/early twentieth century world.