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Meiji at 150

Meiji at 150 Podcast, Episode 058, Dr. Andrew Gordon (Harvard University) Gordon, Andrew; Grunow, Tristan


In this episode, Dr. Gordon compares approaches to studying the Meiji Restoration in Japanese and Anglophone scholarship, tracing recent historiographical shifts in scholarship on modern Japan as seen through editions of his textbook. We discuss Dr. Gordon’s efforts to “de-exoticize” Japan in the classroom, to disseminate historical understandings of Japan to the general public, and to digitally document Japan’s present for future historians before talking about his recent seminar on Dark Tourism in Japan. 

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