The Modernizers: Overseas Students, Foreign Employees, And Meiji Japan

1st Edition

Ardath W. Burks

Published September 13, 2019
Reference - 450 Pages
ISBN 9780367294120 - CAT# K430991

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This volume of essays by Japanese and Western scholars sheds light on the process of modernization in nineteenth-century Japan, focusing on two significant aspects of Japan's transition to a modern society: the decision to live for a time with the necessary evil of relying on the skill and advice of foreign employees (oyatio gaikokujin) and the decision to dispatch Japanese students overseas (Pyugakusei). The. essays make clear that the success of both these programs went beyond aiding Japan's modernization goals; their indirect effects often extended much further than planned, influencing even today the fields of education, science, and history and affecting other countries' knowledge about Japan.

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