The Meiji Constitution: The Japanese Experience of the West and the Shaping of the Modern State
This essay is a detailed examination of the intellectual and cultural history that gave birth to Japans Meiji Constitution at the end of the nineteenth century. In it a cross-cultural perspective is employed to analyze how modern Western ideas of constitutional government were assimilated and adapted by the newly established Meiji state. It also looks beyond the constitution as a legal document and demonstrates how its architects used it and the supplementary laws and institutions supporting it to catalyze the emergence of a modern nation-state.
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