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

D. Colin Jaundrill


This book 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. The book argues, to the contrary, that the conscript army of the Meiji period was the culmination—and not the ... More

Keywords: military history, nineteenth-century Japan, Japanese warrior, compulsory military service, Meiji period, Japanese military institutions, Satsuma Rebellions, Boshin War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781501703096
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501703096.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

D. Colin Jaundrill, author
Providence College