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Curse on This CountryThe Rebellious Army of Imperial Japan$
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Danny Orbach

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501705281

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501705281.001.0001

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Jewel in The Palace

Jewel in The Palace

The New Political Order, 1868–1873

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(p.29) 2 Jewel in The Palace
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Curse on This Country
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Danny Orbach

Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501705281.003.0003

This chapter discusses the rise of a new political order in Japan during the period 1868–1873. In order to legitimize their rule, the leaders of the interdomainal alliance chose to “hide” their power behind the prestigious institution of the emperor, without giving him real power. When the interdomainal alliance collapsed in autumn 1873, it left in its wake formidable waves of military insurgency. The chapter first describes the reign of the Japanese emperor, who was compared to a “jewel” held by the leaders of the government—well respected, but devoid of real power. It then considers the Meiji regime, which was established through a series of decisive reforms, as well as the rifts and rivalries of the interdomainal alliance, particularly between the Chōshū and Satsuma domains. Finally, it examines Japan's conflict with Korea and the collapse of the interdomainal alliance.

Keywords:   political order, Japan, interdomainal alliance, military insurgency, Japanese emperor, Meiji regime, Chōshū, Satsuma, Korea, reforms

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