This week: Sakamoto Ryoma commits fully to the loyalist cause, but ends up on a turbulent journey that will take him from Kyoto to Edo–and transform him into a very different man.
Jansen, Marius. Sakamoto Ryoma and the Meiji Restoration
Beasley, WG. The Meiji Restoration
Beasley, WG. “The Foreign Threat and the Opening of the Ports” and Marius Jansen, “The Meiji Restoration” in The Cambridge History of Japan, Vol 5: The Nineteenth Century.