Army, Empire and Politics in Meiji Japan

The Three Careers of General Katsura Tarō

  • Stewart Lone

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 191-247

About this book


Dramatic innovations in modern Japan include a mass army, overseas empire, and constitutional polity. This is the first book to link these changes in the Meiji era (1868-1912). It focuses on the life of General Katsura Taro, one of the architects of the modern military, a leading figure in Japanese colonialism, and prime minister through the 1900s. Challenging the received wisdom about Japanese militarism and imperialism, it exposes the army's ambivalence about empire but also its positive role in political change.


army bibliography colonialism imperialism Japan

Authors and affiliations

  • Stewart Lone
    • 1
  1. 1.University College (Australian Defence Force Academy)University of New South WalesAustralia

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