"After much thought, the judges chose the Frog in a Well project as a whole, rather than singling out any one of its constituent parts: not only do they feature overlapping personnel and a considerable degree of shared identity and purpose, all have been characterized by diverse contributors, strong historical content and consistently high quality writing. Both individually and as a whole, they represent a great achievement and a model to inspire and challenge in the future."
Thanks, both to the judges and to all the bloggers who have made this such a great project to be part of. Special thanks, of course, to the creator and technical master (and a damn fine blogger) Konrad Lawson. I'm really looking forward to the next year of Asian history blogging here!
POPULATION: National adult
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 2,589
INTERVIEW METHOD: Personal
BEGINNING DATE: May 1946
ENDING DATE: May 1946
SOURCE DOCUMENT: MINORITIES, UNITED NATIONS
DATE OF RELEASE OF SOURCE DOCUMENT: May 1946
QUESTION ID: USNORC.460241, R11B
- Abe Masahiro (1819-1857)
- Ii Naosuke (1815-1860)
- Kujo Hisatada (1798-1871)
- Okubo Toshimichi (1830-1878)
- Saigo Takamori (1828-1877)
- Tokugawa Nariaki (1800-1860)
- Yoshida Shoin (1830-1859)
- Fukuzawa Yukichi (1835-1901)
- Ito Hirobumi (1841-1909)
- Iwakura Tomomi (1825-1883)
- Kido Takayoshi, also known as Koin (1833-1877)
- Okuma Shigenobu (1838-1922)
- Sakamoto Ryoma (1835-1867)
- Shibusawa Eiichi (1840-1931)
- Inoue Kaoru (1835-1915)
- Kuroda Kiyotaka (1840-1900)
- Matsukata Masayoshi (1835-1924)
- Yamagata Aritomo (1838-1922)
- Hara Takashi (1856-1921)
- Katsura Taro (1847-1913)
- Matsukata Masayoshi (1835-1924)
There's a few names on there that aren't on my list: Kujo Hisatada is a pretty good addition for the early period, where I was pretty stumped; Sakamoto Ryoma was left off my list because I was paying too much attention to the chronological boundaries, I think; Kuroda Kiyotaka doesn't seem more important to me than Saigo Tsugumichi, or Mori Arinori, who were on my list, and the Meiji Emperor seems like a pretty serious omission.
Let's face it: if we got through a survey of Japanese history and our students knew who all these people were, we'd be doing OK, I think. Of course, there's no cultural figures here, etc....
The University of California Press is pleased to announce the publication of: Japan in Print: Information and Nation in the Early Modern Period Mary Elizabeth Berry is Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of _The Culture of Civil War in Kyoto_ (California, 1994) and _Hideyoshi_ (1982). "In _Japan in Print_, Mary Elizabeth Berry crisply condenses a remarkable amount of primary research on difficult and little-known materials, and it interprets those materials in a highly original framework."-Karen E. Wigen, author of _The Making of a Japanese Periphery, 1750-1920_ A quiet revolution in knowledge separated the early modern period in Japan from all previous time. After 1600, self-appointed investigators used the model of the land and cartographic surveys of the newly unified state to observe and order subjects such as agronomy, medicine, gastronomy, commerce, travel, and entertainment. They subsequently circulated their findings through a variety of commercially printed texts: maps, gazetteers, family encyclopedias, urban directories, travel guides, official personnel rosters, and instruction manuals for everything from farming to lovemaking. In this original and gracefully written book, Mary Elizabeth Berry considers the social processes that drove the information explosion of the 1600s. Inviting readers to examine the contours and meanings of this transformation, Berry provides a fascinating account of the conversion of the public from an object of state surveillance into a subject of self-knowledge. Full information about the book, including the table of contents, is available online: http://go.ucpress.edu/Berry
The use of maps and visual materials in Culture of Civil War gives us some hints about the direction she's likely going here. I love my job.