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The argument in this book is simple but non-trivial: China encountered the modern world in Japan, especially after the fall of the last samurai regime and the creation of a modern oligarchy. Chinese intellectuals who visited Japan between the US expedition to Japan in 1854 and the onset of reforms following China's loss in the First Sino-Japanese War (1894-1895) wrote about what they saw and, in so doing, introduced a new vocabulary of modernization used by the Chinese state.
Wert, Michael, "Review of East meets East: Chinese discover the modern world in Japan, 1854-1898" (2015). History Faculty Research and Publications. 187.
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