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Sarah Thal
University of Wisconsin System (Madison, WI 53715-1218)
The Roles of the Aristocracy in the Creation of Modern Japan, 1869-1900

“Aristocratic Connections: Creating Imperial Japan, 1869-1900” examines the newly expanded aristocracy of the Meiji period as a key player in the creation of modern Japan. By focusing on the aristocracy as a political tool of the Meiji oligarchs, as a contested symbol of imperial identity, and as a mediating structure between regional elites and metropolitan leaders, this project addresses the key issues of political centralization, social restructuring, and increased identification with the emperor in the Meiji era. Drawing upon qualitative and quantitative methods of analysis, the project will produce an historical monograph and a relational database of Meiji-era people and organizations that will be made available to other scholars.

Project fields:
East Asian History

Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan

Research Programs

$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2007 – 7/31/2008