Samurai History Papers
Friday, September 17, 2004 Posted: 12:00 AM JST
Ridgeback Press has published the first release of Samurai History Papers this month. SHP is a quarterly newsletter from Romulus Hillsborough, author of Ryoma and Samurai Sketches. It focuses on the history and culture of the leading men of the Meiji Restoration.
The Meiji Restoration centered around the overthrow of the Tokugawa Shogunate in 1868, and the restoration of political power to the emperor. Mid-19th-century Japan saw immense political upheaval, bloody inner-fighting among samurai, and the end of three centuries of feudalism. This brought forth some of the most fascinating men in Japan's history.
They modernized Japan, but also laid the foundation for the militarism of WWII and the post-war birth of Japan as an economic powerhouse. The Meiji Restoration is now considered "the dawn of modern Japan". Knowledge of this history is essential for understanding how and why Japan has evolved into the nation that it is today.
Even so, the Meiji Restoration has often been neglected and misrepresented by writers of the English language. When this history is represented seriously and accurately, it is often in a dry academic format. Since the publication of his first book about the revolutionary Ryoma, it has been the objective of Hillsborough to present this period accurately and realistically in a vivid literary format. He continues this objective in Samurai History Papers.
SHP is especially interesting to enthusiasts of Japanese history and culture, military history enthusiasts and students and teachers of these subjects.
SHP is published quarterly and delivered by e-mail. An annual subscription costs USD 25.00.
More information about Samurai History Papers, including a summary of contents, is available at www.ridgebackpress.com.
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