his week, we’re going to stop the forward progress of the narrative and focus on two men who are going to have a large impact on the massive political realignment that’s coming down the tubes, though they themselves will not live to see it: Sakuma Shozan and Yoshida Shoin. We’ll use them to try to answer the question of just how radical the most radical elements in 1850s Japan really were.
Listen to the episode here.
Van Straelen, Heinrichus. Yoshida Shoin and the Meiji Restoration.
Jansen, Marius. Toward Restoration.
Beasley, W.G. The Meiji Restoration.
The Sources of the Japanese Tradition, Vol 2: “Reflections on my Errors” by Sakuma Shozan, and “On Heroism” by Yoshida Shoin.