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Success Illgotten? The Role of Meiji Militarism in Japan's Technological Progress

Kozo Yamamura
The Journal of Economic History
Vol. 37, No. 1, The Tasks of Economic History (Mar., 1977), pp. 113-135
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2119450
Page Count: 23
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Abstract

This study suggests that the militaristic orientation of the Meiji government and the wars fought against China and Russia contributed significantly to technological development in Meiji Japan (1868-1911). The roles played by the arsenals and the government-owned shipyards and factories in adopting and disseminating foreign technology are described to demonstrate their importance in the rapid Meiji industrialization. The article suggests that it is necessary to reexamine the view, primarily based on macro-economic analysis, that Meiji militarism was basically detrimental to economic growth in Japan.

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