This week, we’re going to be discussing the early Meiji Period (1868-1900 or so). There’s a lot of material to cover, ranging from politics to international relations to social issues. This is one of the most interesting moments in modern history (to my mind, at least) and I hope you enjoy hearing about it!

Give the episode a listen here.

Also, just a quick reminder that there will be no episode next week. The next episode will release on June 30.  There may or may not be one on July 7, depending on how much time I have to record once I get home.

Sources

Pyle, Kenneth. The New Generation in Meiji Japan.

Pyle, Kenneth. Japan Rising. 

Jansen, Marius. The Making of Modern Japan.

Images (Courtesy of the Wikimedia Foundation)

This photo shows a young Emperor Meiji (c. 1868) with a delegation of foreigners. Meiji is the central figure in the traditional Japanese garb. After the early 1870s, the Emperor stopped wearing traditional Japanese clothing in public, and would generally appear in a military uniform (which is what European royalty of the time tended to wear).

This photo shows a young Emperor Meiji (c. 1868) with a delegation of foreigners. Meiji is the central figure in the traditional Japanese garb. After the early 1870s, the Emperor stopped wearing traditional Japanese clothing in public, and would generally appear in a military uniform (which is what European royalty of the time tended to wear).

Emperor Meiji in the uniform of a Field Marshall of the Army, from the late 1870s.

Emperor Meiji in the uniform of a Field Marshall of the Army, from the late 1870s.

A colorized photo of Ito Hirobumi in his later years. Ito served as the first Prime Minister and drafted the Meiji Constitution.

A colorized photo of Ito Hirobumi in his later years. Ito served as the first Prime Minister and drafted the Meiji Constitution.

Yamagata Aritomo during the early Taisho period (1910s). Yamagata was the chief organizer of the Imperial Army and its most stalwart advocate and defender until his death in 1922.

Yamagata Aritomo during the early Taisho period (1910s). Yamagata was the chief organizer of the Imperial Army and its most stalwart advocate and defender until his death in 1922.

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Japanese troops fighting in Korea during the First Sino-Japanese War.

Japanese troops fighting in Korea during the First Sino-Japanese War.

Chinese prisoners being watched by Korean troops allied with Japan. A group of Japanese-affiliated Koreans was given control of the government of Korea after the end of the war.

Chinese prisoners being watched by Korean troops allied with Japan. A group of Japanese-affiliated Koreans was given control of the government of Korea after the end of the war.