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Historians and the Meiji Statesmen

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Chang, Richard
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
biographical data; educational elites; government elites; historical periods; Meiji period; nineteenth century; political history; twentieth century; Japan
  • Abstract

    This data collection contains survey information for 127 historians in Japan and 14 historians in England and the United States on their assessments of 40 Meiji statesmen active in the Meiji period in Japan (1868-1912). Part 1 contains data collected from the Japanese respondents, including their rankings of the statesmen on a five-point interval scale (from most important, most influential, to least important, least influential) and a cumulative ranking on a ten-point interval scale. Part 1 also includes biographical information about the interview respondents, i.e., birthplace, year of birth, university of graduation, and field of study. Part 2 contains data collected from the English and American respondents, including their rankings of the Meiji statesmen on the five-point interval scale. For a list of the 40 Meiji statesmen, details of the five ranks, and a description of the criteria for the ten-point interval scale, see Appendices C and D, and Table 16 in Chang, Richard. HISTORIANS AND MEIJI STATESMEN. Gainesville, FL: University of Florida Press, 1970. For a related data collection, see HISTORIANS AND THE TAISHO STATESMEN (ICPSR 7608).
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Japan Survey
    • DS2: Western Survey
Temporal Coverage
  • 1968 / 1969
    Collection date: 1968--1969
Geographic Coverage
  • Japan
  • Global
Sampled Universe
Historians in Japan and in the United States.
Collection Mode
  • The codebook is provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.

2006-01-18 File CB7653.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 7653 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR07653.v1
  • Chang, Richard. Historians and Meiji Statesmen. Gainesville: University of Florida Press. 1970.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Chang, Richard (1984): Historians and the Meiji Statesmen. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.