The Meiji Restoration and Japanese Modernity

Historians often say that the Meiji Restoration of 1868, and the ensuing programs of modernization, industrialization, and militarization that followed, represent Japan\’s first \”miracle\” (the second was Japan\’s Industrial reconstruction after the Pacific War). After reading accounts of the Meiji period by Fukuzawa Yukichi, the late Meiji period and beyond by Kayano Shigeru, and the final naval battle of the Pacific War by Yoshida Mitsuru, it is striking how differently modernity was experienced by certain members of Japanese society. With this in mind, compare and contrast the experiences of Fuluzawa, Kayano, and Yoshida in 7 double-spaced pages. Importantly, by writing memoirs, these three men sought to craft historical legacies of Japan\’s modern experience. What sort of legacies did they seek to create and what does this say about the power of \”history\” to invent nations? *no block quotes* *make sure thesis is solid and spells out the argument and provides direction in how you plan to support it (outline-ish)*About one or two references to a source (either small quote or paraphrase). Per body paragraphIn text citations just do (author, page #)Sources:Kayano Shigeru. Our Land was a Forest. Westview, 1994.Eiichi Kiyooka, trans. The Autobiography of Yukichi Fukuzawa. Columbia University Press, 1980.Yoshida Mitsuru, Requiem for Battleship Yamato, trans. Richard H. Linear. Naval Institute Press, 1999.