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Soldiers, Adventurers And Educators: Meiji Encounters With Mongolia, 1873–1912

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Information about the early stages of Japan's relationship with Mongolia in the modern period is sketchy. The evidence that exists, however, indicates that representatives of a number of different groups, including military, diplomatic, political and religious elites, sought to cultivate ties with Mongolia from an early stage, and that first contact between the two countries in the modern period probably occurred in 1873, only five years after the start of the Meiji era. This chapter focuses on the careers of three very different people connected with the Meiji military, political and academic worlds who sought to develop links with Mongolia in this period, namely Fukushima Yasumasa, Kawashima Naniwa and Kawahara Misako. Japanese control of Mongolia first emerged some within the most powerful institutions of the Japanese state and others on the fringes of Japanese society networks that remained active until 1945.

Keywords: Fukushima Yasumasa; Japan; Kawahara Misako; Kawashima Naniwa; Meiji era; Mongolia



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