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Meiji at 150

Meiji at 150 Podcast, Episode 029, Dr. Lisa Yoshikawa (Hobart & William Smith Colleges) Yoshikawa, Lisa; Grunow, Tristan


In this episode, Dr. Yoshikawa chronicles how professional historians in the Meiji and Taisho Periods legitimized imperialism as they attempted to elevate the discipline of history within Japanese academia. We discuss the mobilization of history and myth to justify colonialism, the development of academic history in the Meiji period, and scholars’ complicity with interwar illiberalism before considering the politics of historical memory along with legacies for Japanese historians and historiographies in the postwar and today.

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