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Meiji at 150

Meiji at 150 Podcast, Episode 043, Prof. Tessa Morris-Suzuki (Australian National University) Morris-Suzuki, Tessa; Grunow, Tristan


In this episode, Prof. Morris-Suzuki de-centers the history of the Meiji Restoration by refocusing our attention on the territorial incorporation of Japan’s frontier areas: Ezo, Sakhalin, the Ryūkyūs, Tsushima, and the Bōnin Islands. We discuss Japanese proto-colonialism prior to 1868, continuities in colonialist expansion into Hokkaidō and Korea, and changing conceptions of Japan’s position in the world in response to western imperialism as seen in mid-19th century maps.

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