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To Stand with the Nations of the World


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Acknowledgments Note to Reader Introduction Chapter 1: An Almost Perpetual Peace Chapter 2: The Crisis of Imperialism Chapter 3: Reform and Revolution Chapter 4: A Newly Ancient Japan Chapter 5: The Impatient Nation Chapter 6: The Prudent Empire Conclusion Glossary Notes Bibliography Index

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Mark Ravina is Professor of History at Emory University. He is the author of The Last Samurai and Land and Lordship in Early Modern Japan.


"To Stand with the Nations of the World is an invaluable addition to the existing body of scholarship on the Meiji Restoration, bringing broader contextual historiography to bear on an event whose momentousness often invites overfocusing on what immediately preceded and followed it. Ravina's book also reintroduces, in a particularly skillful manner, the agency of personages and parties and does so with a deft facility for integrating that commentary with discussions about the institutional dimension of Japan's social transformation in the nineteenth century." -- M. William Steele, Monumenta Nipponica "It is rare to find a text which focuses so much on the Meiji's internationalization in the particular way which this text does...Ravina's book is rich in cultural and intellectual history, and is wide-randing geographical and temporal boundaries make for an engaging read for those interested in macro-level analyses." -- Scott C.M. Bailey, Kansai Gaidai University, Journal of World History "by accentuating a robust history of Japanese reform and global engagement, Ravina offers important clues to how a truly global history of change in nineteenth-century Japan might look" -- Frederick R. Dickinson, Pacific Affairs "[O]ffers a wonderful reinterpretation of the overthrow of the Tokugawa regime and the emergence of the modern Japanese nation-state in the 19th century. The book is replete with insightful observations and contributes in many new ways to understanding this pivotal event....Highly recommended."--CHOICE "A timely reinterpretation of the social and political transformations of the early Meiji period, this book is essential reading for anyone seeking a fuller understanding of Japan's place in the modern world. Tracing the confluence of global and local forces of change, as well as the impact of lessons remembered from the deeper past, it offers an impressively broad-ranging account of this most consequential of historical moments."--Daniel Botsman, Yale University "This wonderful new history of the Meiji Restoration banishes once and for all the old image of a passive Japan reacting to pressures from the West. Mark Ravina emphasizes Japanese agency in its dealing with the imperialist powers as well as the continued importance of China to the Meiji leaders. In his discussion of domestic politics, he gives the Tokugawa shogunate credit for anticipating many of the modernizing reforms implemented by the Meiji state. Ravina has given us a refreshing and important new survey of one of the modern world's great revolutions."--David L. Howell, Harvard University "To Stand with the Nations of the World releases Japanese history from East-West, tradition-modernity binaries, freeing it to participate in the global history of nation-state formation and nineteenth-century imperialism. In this enthralling reinterpretation of the Meiji Restoration, Ravina highlights the skilled political discourse that integrated universal ideals with Japan's distinctive past."--Julia Adeney Thomas, author of Reconfiguring Modernity: Concepts of Nature in Japanese Political Ideology "By many accounts, Japan's new leaders after 1868 demonstrated an uncanny knack for creating a modern nation-state along Western lines. One of the leading experts of the Tokugawa and Meiji eras, Ravina instead reveals the considerable tensions among early modern precedents, ancient imperial models, and populist and statist visions in efforts to embed Japan in the emerging global order."--Sheldon Garon, author of Molding Japanese Minds: The State in Everyday Life

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