By Byron K. Marshall

Byron ok. Marshall deals right here a dramatic research of the altering nature and boundaries of educational freedom in prewar Japan, from the Meiji recovery to the eve of worldwide conflict II.Meiji leaders based Tokyo Imperial collage within the past due 19th century to supply their new executive with worthy technical and theoretical wisdom. an educational elite, armed with Western studying, steadily emerged and wielded major effect in the course of the kingdom. whilst a few college individuals criticized the behavior of the Russo-Japanese battle the govt threatened dismissals. the school and management banded jointly, forcing the govt. to back off. by way of 1939, in spite of the fact that, this harmony had eroded. the traditional reason behind this erosion has been the shortcoming of a practice of autonomy between prewar jap universities. Marshall argues in its place that those later purges resulted from the university's 40-year fixation on institutional autonomy on the price of educational freedom.Marshall's finely nuanced research is complemented by means of large use of quantitative, biographical, and archival resources.

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More important to an understanding of behavior within academe, why did the intervention of the government in 1905 stimulate a broad united front in defense of academic freedom and ultimately produce the public humiliation of an education minister, whereas in 1937-1939 the attacks were met with no such unified response? The following chapters will explore the factors underlying these contrasting events and the intervening processes within Japanese higher education that brought about such a change.

The role of these establishment intellectuals in the House of Peers, in other words, was another in a set of elite roles they were expected to perform. The Political Roles of the Todai Faculty, 1880s-1900s The most studied and richly documented function performed by this intellectual elite was that of educating other elites. Throughout most of the preceding Tokugawa period, positions in the political and social hierarchy within Japanese society had been distributed primarily in accordance with inherited status.

But this generalization still leaves much unexplained. Why, if the issue was radicalism and dissent from a war of aggression, were conservative professors who supported the war in China from its beginnings and liberal academics who were not opposing it by 1939 purged together with the Marxists? Why was a government in 1959 willing to decimate an academic department, whereas the Political elite in 1905 had backed down at the threat of faculty resignations? More important to an understanding of behavior within academe, why did the intervention of the government in 1905 stimulate a broad united front in defense of academic freedom and ultimately produce the public humiliation of an education minister, whereas in 1937-1939 the attacks were met with no such unified response?

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