This week, we explore the beginnings of opposition against the bakufu. The Harris Treaty will prove deeply divisive, and before long two factions of daimyo will develop opposing and supporting it. Locked in a stalemate, the two sides turn to a place that had been isolated from politics for nearly 1000 years: the imperial court and its young emperor Komei in Kyoto.
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Beasley, W.G. The Meiji Restoration
Jansen, Marius. Sakamoto Ryoma and the Meiji Restoration.
Craig, Albert. Choshu in the Meiji Restoration.