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Assimilation, Association and French Advice to Japan on how to Rule Taiwan
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History, The Hugo Valentin Centre.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4041-6150
2019 (English)In: French Colonial History, ISSN 1539-3402, E-ISSN 1543-7787Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Abstract [en]

What trans-imperial connections existed between the French and Japanese Empires? One example that is frequently recounted in Japanese colonial historiography involves the 1895 advice of French legal expert Michel Revon over what administrative system Japan should adopt in Taiwan. According to these accounts, Revon advocated a French assimilationist system for the island in a policy brief that would strongly influence future Japanese Prime Minister Hara Takashi. This article demonstrates that this account is not entirely accurate, offering a new analysis of the primary source material in the context of the prevailing French colonial theories of the 1890s. It argues that Revon was in fact an advocate of association and that Hara Takashi’s program of colonial assimilation was only superficially influenced by French models.

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Assimilation, Association, Michel Revon, Hara Takashi, Hara Kei, Taiwan
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History
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History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-376629OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-376629DiVA, id: diva2:1286678
Available from: 2019-02-07 Created: 2019-02-07 Last updated: 2019-02-07

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