Title

Early Meiji Japan and public history: Ports, public memory, gateways to understanding through photography

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus

Volume

20

Issue

14

Publisher

Japan Focus

School

School of Business and Law

RAS ID

51941

Comments

Austin, I, Best, A. (2022). Early Meiji Japan and public history: Ports, public memory, gateways to understanding through photography. The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, 20(14), 2, 5721. https://apjjf.org/2022/14/Austin-Best.html

Abstract

The success of the Meiji regime elite in placing Japan on the road to unprecedented rapid economic development is for all to see in the public history displayed within the port districts of Yokohama, Kobe and Nagasaki. Silence marks the history of how important these port-rail-communications developments were to the restoration of Japan’s own sovereignty and the simultaneous stripping away of others. This work explores the state and left-unstated reasoning behind Meiji Japan’s elevation to become the first non-western power utilising the authors photography of the public history of Japanese ports and their indispensable rail and communications connections.1.

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