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History: Meiji Restoration


History Channel: Empire of Japan - Mysterious History | Full Documentary

Japanese History of Edo period to Meiji Restoration(1/6)

Meiji Japan: Reforming a Nation Through Western Development

Abolition of the Han System

sonno joi (Revere the Emperor, Expel the Barbarians)

Sonnō jōi ( Revere the Emperor, expel the barbarians?) was a Japanese political philosophy and a social movement derived from Neo-Confucianism; it became a political slogan in the 1850s and 1860s in the movement to overthrow the Tokugawa shogunate during the Bakumatsu period.


Meiji Constitution, Imperial Rescript on Education, revised nobility ranks, Bank of Japan and Iwakura

Satsuma Rebellion (1877), SinoJapanese War (1894–1895) and Russo-Japanese War (1904–1905)

General eResources

Teachers' eResources

Learning by Design, Shogunate Japan,  Prue Gill, Stephen Ahern, 2011  – A whole Aust Curriculum Unit of Work, with a teacher and a student column.

Globetrotters' Japan: places - foreigners on the tourist circuit in Meiji Japan, 1890s


This is a collection of online materials focusing on late 19th century photographs of tourist destinations in Japan, including places of natural beauty, cities and temple complexes. The photographs were intended for international tourists (globetrotters) in the 1890s. The materials in the collection consist of an illustrated

Japan under shogun and emperor


This is a collection of 11 digital curriculum resources that focus on Japan in the late Shogunate and early Meiji periods. The collection is grouped into five sections - samurai; people of the late Shogunate and early Meiji periods; scenes in late Shogunate and early Meiji Japan; the 'opening' of Japan; and the Meiji restoration. ...

Western Imperialism

Reflections on Encounters with "the West"

and Japan's Modernization

Aizawa Seishisai, 1781-1863

Shinron: "The Barbarians' Nature" [PDF]

Fukuzawa Yukichi, 1834-1901

The Autobiography of Fukuzawa Yukichi [PDF]

Treaties of Amity and Commerce with Western Powers