The Meaning of the Meiji Restoration and the History of the Showa Period

  • Shoichi Watanabe


The Tokugawa Shogunate, which thrust aside ability in this fashion, nonetheless produced a country which was exceptional in the modern world. A country with a population exceeding 20 million and no wars either within its own frontiers, or overseas, survived intact for two and a half centuries. There was nothing like it anywhere in the world. It is not surprising that the Edo period is of great interest to scholars of Japan. The foundations of the shogunate appeared to be as solid as a rock. Authority was strong and not one daimy? harboured thoughts of resistance.


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    Abe Genki, Showa Doran no Shinso (The Truth About the Showa Disturbances) (Hara Shobe, 1978).Google Scholar

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© Kodansha 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Shoichi Watanabe
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  1. 1.Sophia UniversityTokyoJapan

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