Mehl examines the way in which government interests, indigenous traditions of scholarship, impulses from the West and the rise of the modern nation state combined to shape the modern academic discipline of history in Japan. The focus of her study is on the Historiographical Institute at the University of Tokyo. This research institute was originally a government office established to compile an official national history to legitimize the new imperial government, which replaced shogunal rule in 1868. When the Office moved to the Imperial University (now the University of Tokyo) in 1888, its leading members helped establish history as an independent academic discipline. Particular attention is given to the relationship between history for national identity. The history of modern historical scholarship in Japan can be regarded as contemporaneous with the west, rather than in terms of Japan following western example.
Author : Margaret Mehl Release : 1998 Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan ISBN : 9780312211608 File Size : 31.82 MB Format : PDF, ePub, Docs Download : 450 Read : 1075