M. William Steele

Testimonials


“This is a remarkable collection of valuable documents that have hitherto been scattered near and far, now gathered with purpose to enrich and deepen our understanding and enrich our experience looking into the years of turmoil that came afterwards to be known as ‘The Meiji Restoration.’”
--Theodore F. Cook, William Paterson University
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“This is a remarkable collection of valuable documents that have hitherto been scattered near and far, now gathered with purpose to enrich and deepen our understanding and enrich our experience looking into the years of turmoil that came afterwards to be known as ‘The Meiji Restoration.’”
--Theodore F. Cook, William Paterson University
 
“I commend the editors’ choice to include voices from above and voices from below, popular and intellectual takes on the evolving political situation, serious and satirical interpretations, visual and textual sources, and the works of men and women. This is a truly comprehensive work that will enable instructors to make a strong case not only for the extent of the late-Tokugawa debate on the future of the country but also for its complexity and nuances.”
--Laura Nenzi, University of Tennessee

“The document headnotes and introduction to this volume are masterful. The introduction does a better job of describing the events and causes of the Restoration than any textbook I’ve seen. It brings together the internal and external challenges that faced Japan in the nineteenth century without overly privileging any single cause.”
--Michael Wert, Marquette University

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