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The Rise and Evolution of Meiji Japan
by James Huffmann
Amsterdam University Press, 2019
eISBN: 978-1-898823-95-7

onsidered a doyen of Meiji studies, particularly in the field of the newspaper press in Japan, former journalist Jim Huffman and H. Orth Hirt Professor of History [Emeritus] at Wittenberg University, was recently honoured (2017) with the Distinguished Service Award by the Association of Asian Studies (AAS), marking his outstanding scholarship and service in the field of Asian Studies. Huffman is the author of eight acclaimed books, including Creating a Public: People and Press in Meiji Japan, A Yankee in Meiji Japan : The Crusading Journalist Edward H. House, Japan: A History in Documents and most recently Down and Out in Late Meiji Japan. Supported by an introductory mini memoir, this collection of Huffman’s writings comprises thirty journal papers and scholarly essays, thematically structured under (1) Media, (2) Society, Culture and Environment, and (3) Democracy, Government and Nationalism. Part 4 offers a selection from his portfolio of book reviews. The Rise and Evolution of Meiji Japan provides a valuable one-stop access to the scholarship of Jim Huffman that both complements and enhances his existing published works.

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