From island nation to oceanic empire: A vision of Japanese expansion from the periphery

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Abstract

This article examines the diasporic thought of Sugiura Shigetake (1855-1924), an early and largely overlooked proponent of Japanese empire. Written during the Tokugawa-Meiji transition, Sugiura’s work illustrates a crucial link between domestic reform and maritime expansion while demonstrating a debt to the new ideologies of Japanism, Pan-Asianism, and liberalism. His perspective as a native of Ōmi Province, moreover, reveals a distinctive strain of colonial thought that envisioned people on the periphery of a newly unified Japan, from Ōmi merchants to social outcastes, as central agents of expansion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-90
Number of pages34
JournalJournal of Japanese Studies
Volume42
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2016

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