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Samurai to SoldierRemaking Military Service in Nineteenth-Century Japan$
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D. Colin Jaundrill

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501703096

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501703096.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Samurai to Soldier

D. Colin Jaundrill

Cornell University Press

This introductory chapter discusses Grand Council of State's Conscription Pronouncement (Chōhei Kokuyu), which declared the state's intention to institute a blueprint for military service unparalleled in Japanese history. The Council castigated the dissipation of contemporary warriors in order to replace them with a conscript army drawn from the entire populace: “warriors are not the warriors they once were, and the people are not the people they once were; all are equally the people of the imperial state.” This framing of the government's new policy implied that elimination by fiat of the boundary between warrior and commoner was both unprecedented and irrevocable.

Keywords:   Grand Council of State, Conscription Pronouncement, Chōhei Kokuyu, warriors, conscript army

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