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5.0 out of 5 stars Diligence in Application, 20 Aug 2005
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Mr. J. M. Haines (Merseyside) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Japanese Students at Cambridge University in the Meiji Era, 1868-1912: Pioneers for the Modernization of Japan (Paperback)
On the surface, this book could be said to be aimed at a specialist market, as it centres on Japanese students studying at Cambridge in the days of the British Empire. This was with the ironic view of the prevention of Western Imperialism stretching to their shores, and the adapting and embracing of many inherent values, to strengthen their own empire. So, yes, it's specialist in this sense, but the way the introduction and the contents have been written and explained, ( with perhaps traditional Japanese efficiency ), makes it a very interesting and very informative read for all who can show at least a little concentration of something 'a little on the heavy side'.

As a bonus, because of the data-intensive contents, interesting snippets such as the different reigns and even much of the Japanese Calendar is here. Ultimately, it may not be for you, but you will be impressed by an absolutely staggering start, devoid of over-heavy grammar which accompanies many similar tomes. Very, very well done, Ian Ruxton.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written originally, and well translated now., 9 Dec 2004
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A. HOOPER (Spain) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Japanese Students at Cambridge University in the Meiji Era, 1868-1912: Pioneers for the Modernization of Japan (Paperback)
As a language teacher, I can appreciate the time spent on translating this old literary giant, Ian has made this difficult subject open to the masses in a way that even those with limited interest in the subject can read and appreciate. It is well written originally, well translated, and Ian has displayed exceptional talent in his field. I was impressed with the ease of which the reader is drawn in and becomes interested.
Well Done.
Angela Hooper, author of In Dark Minds
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5.0 out of 5 stars Translator's comments, 11 Oct 2004
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Ian C. Ruxton (Japan) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Japanese Students at Cambridge University in the Meiji Era, 1868-1912: Pioneers for the Modernization of Japan (Paperback)
This book is a translation from a Japanese original which is available from amazon.co.jp. I was delighted when the author Noboru Koyama agreed to my producing this English version. Mr. Koyama is head of the Japanese department at Cambridge University Library, and has access to all the relevant materials and documents in Japanese and English. While the central character is Kikuchi Dairoku, who later became President of Tokyo Imperial University, Minister of Education and the first President of the Science Research Institute of Japan (modelled on the Cavendish laboratory at Cambridge), there are many others who appear, including statesman Suematsu Kencho, diplomat Inagaki Manjiro and Professor Donald MacAlister. For those who wish to know more about how Japan achieved a startlingly rapid modernization in the Meiji era, this book will be both informative and instructive.
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