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The Turmoil of '64.
Topic Started: Jan 10 2018, 07:42 AM (180 Views)
JoshHistoryland
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In Yamakawa Kikue's Women of the Mito Domain, she refers to the 'Turmoil of '64'. Because her book is about social history this is always incidental to what she is talking about. Having read of the situation in Japan around this time, I think I know what this comprises, but nevertheless other histories, especially in English, don't call it 'the turmoil' and it is usually grouped with other events. At any rate I'd feel better if someone could put the 'Turnoil of '64' into context regarding the rest of Japan for me.

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Are we talking about 1864? Because, frankly, I've never heard of any specific "turmoil" or "rebellion" or "incident" of 1864, and maybe I'm just blanking and not thinking clearly at the moment, but nothing comes to mind as really standing out from specifically that year. Even looking through the events listed for that year on the S-A Wiki, it looks like mostly continuations or repercussions of events from the preceding year.
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Jan 10 2018, 07:48 PM
Are we talking about 1864? Because, frankly, I've never heard of any specific "turmoil" or "rebellion" or "incident" of 1864, and maybe I'm just blanking and not thinking clearly at the moment, but nothing comes to mind as really standing out from specifically that year. Even looking through the events listed for that year on the S-A Wiki, it looks like mostly continuations or repercussions of events from the preceding year.


After some googling of various combinations of "turmoil" and "women of mito domain", it seems that in that book, it's sort of covered from pages 63-65, but briefly and vaguely. Apparently there was a violent student rebellion in Mito domain then in which they somehow "took over" the local government, but it looks like the "turmoil" was specific to Mito only, and probably wasn't something prominent to the "national stage". Although I am intrigued by the Bakumatsu period and want to eventually dive fully into it, I don't know anything about it aside from a short term obsession with the Shinsengumi back in 2007, so I can't help. But this is where it seems to be located in the book (don't know if you have it).
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JoshHistoryland
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Yes, it's quite a vague thing, and the student rising does seem to be at the heart of it, though in the book the author describes a battle for control of Mito castle and I wondered if that was to do with the Mito Rebellion, which if I'm not mistaken began with a low level inter domain disturbance? And I remember reading in, perhaps it was either Adams or Kinse Shiriaku that the castle changed hands a few times in this period. Pardon the Wikipedia link for brevity. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mito_Rebellion
Edited by JoshHistoryland, Jan 12 2018, 07:40 AM.
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