Volume and Number
Occasional Paper No. 10
Center for East Asian Studies, Western Washington University
The Meiji period (1868-1912) was an exciting and cataclysmic era of Japanese history. In 1854 after two hundred and fifty years of self-imposed isolation, Japan was opened to diplomatic contact with the outside world and by 1868 the old political and social order had been overthrown. A new government was created with the promise that in the words of the Charter Oath, knowledge would be sought throughout the world and the evil customs of the past would be broken off. Once the restraints of the preceding Tokugawa state were removed, a new environment receptive to rapid change and innovation was ushered in. New ideas from the West inundated Japan, and institutions modeled on those of the West replaced the structure that had existed for centuries.
Publisher (Digital Object)
Resources made available by Special Collections, Heritage Resources, Western Libraries, and the Center for East Asian Studies, Western Washington University.
Meiji period, Japanese Charter Oath, Tokugawa state
Asian History | Japanese Studies
Tokusuke, Nakae, "A Discourse on Government: Nakae Chōmin and his Sansuijin keirin mondō" (1977). East Asian Studies Press. 14.
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