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Analysis of Sakamato Ryoma and the Meiji Restoration by Marius Jansen.

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Joseph R Knupp 10/12/02 Hist 352 Pledge: Analysis of Sakamato Ryoma and the Meiji Restoration by Marius Jansen. Sakamato Ryoma is the greatest hero of Japan. He is adored by millions of Japanese throughout the country. This type of adoration is understandable when one understands the significant impact that Ryoma made within Japan. ...read more.

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He brought these two rivals together and with them formed a new government based around the Emperor. Ryoma was a member of the group known as the Men of High Purpose. These men were samurai who turned away from their feudal lords, and instead rallied around the Emperor. ...read more.

Conclusion

He, unlike many of the other Men of High Purpose, was never tarnished by the despotism and militarism that occurred later on. The Japanese people point to Ryoma as a truly democratic man, who would have created a free democracy, and stop the militarism that would eventually lead Japan to utter disaster. One question to be asked is: Would Ryoma have been able to create a democracy in Japan, or was oligarchy and militarism the only possible course? ...read more.

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