3 December 2013

The Choshu Five, UCL and the Making of Modern Japan

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UCL, London

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Why did five young samurai escape their native land in 1863 and travel across the world to enrol at UCL? And why did they go on to make such an impact in Meiji Japan? Some went on to achieve high places in the new government, including the country's first cabinet minister, but for all of them science and technology were central to their success. It was no coincidence, after all, that they all worked at some point in the Ministries of Public Works and Finance. This talk focuses on what they took with them back to Japan from Britain and how the experience influenced their subsequent careers and the shaping of modern Japan.
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Department of Chemistry
University College London
20 Gordon Street
London, WC1H 0AJ 
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The lecture will be preceded by tea/coffee in the Nyholm room and followed by a Mixer in the Nyholm Room.

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Prof Andrew Cobbing
University of Nottingham