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“Samurai to Soldier: Remaking Military Service in Nineteenth-Century Japan”

October 25, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute – Japan Author Lecture Series

“Samurai to Soldier: Remaking Military Service in Nineteenth-Century Japan”

D. Colin Jaundrill, Associate Professor of History, Providence College
Moderated by Gregory Pflugfelder, Associate Professor of Japanese History, Columbia University
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Fayerweather Hall, Room 411
No registration required.

Please join us to welcome D. Colin Jaundrill, who will discuss his recent book, Samurai to Soldier, a work that rewrites the military history of nineteenth-century Japan. In fifty years spanning the collapse of the Tokugawa shogunate and the rise of the Meiji nation-state, conscripts supplanted warriors as Japan’s principal arms-bearers. The most common version of this story suggests that the Meiji institution of compulsory military service was the foundation of Japan’s efforts to save itself from the imperial ambitions of the West and set the country on the path to great power status. Professor Jaundrill argues, to the contrary, that the conscript army of the Meiji period was the culmination—and not the beginning—of a long process of experimentation with military organization and technology.


October 25, 2016
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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