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Conclusion: Yamaji Aizan’s Legacy

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During Yamaji Aizan's lifetime, state-centred education came to be established through the promulgation of the Imperial Rescript on Education. Japan began the colonization of Taiwan and Korea at the time of the Sino-Japanese War and the Russo-Japanese War. The movement for liberal education and the women's liberation movement were also initiated in the Taishō period. This chapter considers two aspects of the legacy of Yamaji Aizan, who lived in these eventful times. One should note that Yamaji's liberalism did not extend to peoples in colonies under Japan's rule. Nevertheless, he was critical of the Japanese government's bureaucratic administration of Korea and argued that the government should give the welfare of the Korean people the highest priority. Yamaji Aizan wrote various books and articles, but his major interest was the history of the Japanese people and it is said that 'Yamaji Aizan was a great "minkan" historian in the Meiji period'.

Keywords: social historian; state-centred education; Taishō period; women's liberation movement; Yamaji Aizan's legacy; Yamaji's liberalism



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