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By Byron K. Marshall

Byron ok. Marshall bargains the following a dramatic learn of the altering nature and bounds of educational freedom in prewar Japan, from the Meiji recovery to the eve of global warfare II.Meiji leaders based Tokyo Imperial collage within the past due 19th century to supply their new govt with valuable technical and theoretical wisdom. an instructional elite, armed with Western studying, steadily emerged and wielded major effect through the country. while a few college individuals criticized the behavior of the Russo-Japanese battle the govt. threatened dismissals. the school and management banded jointly, forcing the govt to backpedal. by way of 1939, besides the fact that, this cohesion had eroded. the traditional reason behind this erosion has been the inability of a practice of autonomy between prewar jap universities. Marshall argues as a substitute that those later purges resulted from the university's 40-year fixation on institutional autonomy on the price of educational freedom.Marshall's finely nuanced research is complemented via broad use of quantitative, biographical, and archival resources.

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For the first few months after the Restoration the Meiji government was situated in Kyoto, and there the two Kyoto schools maneuvered for the coveted title of "Daigaku Ryo," the formal appellation of the long-defunct official university of the ancient Heian court created a thousand years earlier. The Institute of Imperial Studies was headed by Hirata Kanetane, the heir of the renowned Hirata Atsutane, and it was this faction that used its ties with Iwakura Tomomi to gain a lead on its rivals. 1 With the 1869 relocation of the Meiji government to the old Tokugawa headquarters in Edo (soon to be renamed "Tokyo"), the scene shifted to the new capital.

Indeed, whereas in more recent periods (including our own) critics have lamented the degree of ministry control over Todai, in the late Meiji (Footnote continued from previous page) statistics on post-1899 gubernatorial appointees who entered the bureaucracy in the 1880s showed 96 percent as having a university education (''Bureaucratic Development and the Structure of DecisionMaking in Japan," p. 353). 32. Aso, "Meijiki ni okeru koto kyoiku kikan no erito keisei kino ni kansuru kenkyu" See also the Appendix.

There followed a list of specific texts to be used. Then, for good measure, the order explicitly added, "Those passages in Mencius' discussion of duty [meibun] that are not in keeping with the national essence shall not be permitted in the 4. See the memorial by Motoori Toyokai (grandson of the famous nativist Motoori Norinaga) quoted in Okubo, "Meiji shonen no gakushinmatsuri in tsuite," p. 60. Okubo's is the best treatment I have seen on the dispute, making full use of what few sources exist.

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