Emperor of Japan: Meiji and His World, 1852-1912

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Columbia University Press, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 922 pages
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Review: Emperor of Japan: Meiji and His World, 1852-1912

User Review  - Alex - Goodreads

Good overview of Japan during the reign of Emperor Meiji. Tells history of Japan during his reign and highlights the turning points that Meiji both had a role in, and the turning points that he was a mere spectator. Read full review

Review: Emperor of Japan: Meiji and His World, 1852-1912

User Review  - Jonathan - Goodreads

Even though I learned a lot from this brick-sized work, I was left feeling somewhat disappointed. Professor Keene himself admits that, in spite of the plethora of source material on the Emperor Meiji ... Read full review


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Edward D. berkowitz is professor of history and public policy and public administration at George Washington University. He is the author of eight books and the editor of three collections. During the seventies he served as a staff member of the President's Commission for a National Agenda, helping President Carter plan for a second term that never came to be.

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