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Lone Star of the North: The Northern Alliance Reconsidered

Bakkalian, Nyri Ani (2011) Lone Star of the North: The Northern Alliance Reconsidered. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Contrary to popular assumption, the transitional period from the late Edo into the early Meiji period was anything but bloodless. A civil war, known as the Boshin War, ran for over a year from 1868 to 1869, and it pitted the troops of the new Meiji government against a number of adversaries, not all of whom were fighting for the same objectives. This thesis examines in detail the history of the Alliance, the circumstances of its formation, its aims, and its composition. It further analyzes the terminology used by the victors in their writings about the war. Finally, this thesis proposes a radical reinterpretation of our understanding of the Boshin War, and of the Meiji Restoration as a whole.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Bakkalian, Nyri Aninyri@riversidewings.com0000-0002-8130-2996
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairSmethurst, Richardrsmet@pitt.eduRSMET
Committee MemberChaiklin, Marthachaiklin@pitt.eduCHAIKLIN
Committee MemberCrawford, Williamwbc3@pitt.eduWBC3
Date: 6 June 2011
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 18 April 2011
Approval Date: 6 June 2011
Submission Date: 14 April 2011
Access Restriction: 5 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 5 years.
Number of Pages: 63
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > East Asian Studies
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: aizu; bakumatsu; boshin war; japan; northern alliance; sendai
Other ID:, etd-04142011-143115
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:37
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2022 15:31


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