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The History of Modern Japanese Education: Constructing the National School System, 1872-1890


reviewed by Paul Doyon — April 22, 2009

coverTitle: The History of Modern Japanese Education: Constructing the National School System, 1872-1890
Author(s): Benjamin Duke
Publisher: Rutgers University Press, Piscataway
ISBN: 0813544033, Pages: 448, Year: 2009
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In the year 1853, with the appearance of the Black Ships (kurofune) under the command of American Commodore Perry, Japan was forced to chart a new course for itself as a nation, reversing its previous two-and-a-half century isolationist policy under the Tokugawa Shogunate regime. In 1854, Perry’s Black Ships returned to Japan, where at the Convention of Kanagawa, Japan signed the Treaty of Peace and Amity with the United States establishing formal diplomatic relations between the two countries. Approximately 13 years later, in late 1867, the Shogun Tokugawa Yoshinobu relinquished his position and pledged his allegiance to Emperor Meiji. This was thus the beginning again of imperial rule known as the Meiji Restoration. On January 3rd, 1868, Emperor Meiji officially regained full power over the country. The above events set the stage for Duke’s book, which initially focuses on the issuance in 1872 of a document called the Gakusei, or literally... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: April 22, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15623, Date Accessed: 1/16/2018 8:20:05 AM

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  • Paul Doyon
    Mae Fah Luang University
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    PAUL DOYON holds a Master of Arts (MA) in Advanced Japanese Studies, a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology. He is the author of the paper “A review of higher education in modern Japan” (in Higher Education), is presently interested in how certain linguistic structures of the Japanese language relate to thought processes under the Whorf-Sapir Hypothesis of linguistic relativity, and is working on completing an EFL textbook for beginners. He has lived and taught in Asia for the past 20 years – with 18 years in Japan and two years in China. He has lived in Thailand for the past six months and presently teaches English and Japanese at Mae Fah Luang University in the city of Chiang Rai.
 
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