Symposium: The Legacy of the Meiji Restoration
Paths Towards Liberal Democracy 1868–2018
Japan became the model for a successful adaptation of Western institutions and concepts in the non-European world. “Learning from the West” appeared as a model for the success of modernization and development, and made Japan a “Western” country.
he processes of the appropriation and rejection of Western models in Japan, which will be discussed at the conference, show patterns which can also be observed in modernization efforts in other countries, as well as the reaction of Western countries. The Meiji restoration and the functionalization of the West shall be analyzed against this broader background. Public lectures by prominent speakers will complement a more academically-oriented section at this symposium.
Cooperation with: Halle-Wittenberg University; The Japan Foundation, Tōkyō