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Dramatic innovations in modern Japan include a mass army, overseas empire, and constitutional polity. This is the first book to these changes in the Meiji era (1868-1912). It focuses on the life of General Katsura, one of the architects of the modern military, a leading figure in Japanese colonialism, and prime minister through the 1990s. Challenging the received wisdom about Japanese militarism and imperialism, it exposes the army's ambivalence about empire but also its positive role in political change.
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Stuart Lone is Senior Lecturer, East Asian History, University New Southwales.
...Lone ably demonstrates in this informative and delightfully irreverent study, [Matsura's] life and career offer an extraordinary window...
-Journal of Japanese Studies
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Book Description Palgrave Macmillan, 2000. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0312232896