This book provides the first-English language translation of five essays that bear directly on the development of Fukuzawa Yukichi's thought and its legacy in Japanese culture.
Introduction The Progress of Civilization and the Stages of Government
1. The Progress of Civilization
2. Feudal Government, West and East
3. Westerners View Japanese Feudalism
4. Monarchy, the Second Stage of Government
5. Whitewashing European Monarchy
6. Representative Government, the Third Stage Fukuzawa's Politics The Later Essays
7. The Division of Power (Bunkenron), 1877
8. On a National Assembly (Kokkairon), 1879
9. The Trend of the Times (Jiji taiseiron), 1882
10. Revering the Emperor (Sonnoron), 1888
11. The Future Course of the Diet (Kokkai no zento), 1890 Endnotes Acknowledgments Index
Albert M. Craig is Harvard-Yenching Institute Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at Harvard University, USA. He is the author of Choshu in the Meiji Restoration (1961), The Heritage of Japanese Civilization (2003), Civilization and Enlightenment: The Early Thought of Fukuzawa Yukichi (2009), and, with others, of East Asia, Tradition and Transformation (1973). He is the editor of Japan, A Comparative View (1973) and co-editor of Personality in Japanese History (1970). He was the director of the Harvard-Yenching Institute. He has also been a visiting professor at Kyoto, Tokyo and Keio universities. He has received Guggenheim, Fulbright, and Japan Foundation Fellowships. In 1988 he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun by the Japanese government. Teruko Craig is Senior Lecturer Emerita at Tufts University, USA. She has translated several books from Japanese into English, including Musui's Story: The Autobiography of a Tokugawa Samurai (1988), The Autobiography of Shibusawa Eiichi: From Peasant to Entrepreneur (1994), Remembering Aizu: The Testament of Shiba Goro (1999) and In the Beginning, Woman Was the Sun: The Autobiography of a Japanese Feminist, Hiratsuka Raicho (2010).