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Historians and the Meiji Statesmen (ICPSR 7653)

Principal Investigator(s): Chang, Richard


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).

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Japan Survey - Download All Files (0.276 MB)
DS2:  Western Survey - Download All Files (0.267 MB)

Study Description


Chang, Richard. HISTORIANS AND THE MEIJI STATESMEN. ICPSR version. Gainesville, FL: Richard Chang, University of Florida [producer], 197?. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2002. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07653.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07653.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    biographical data, educational elites, government elites, historical periods, Meiji period, nineteenth century, political history, twentieth century, Japan

Geographic Coverage:    Japan, Global

Date of Collection:   

  • 1968--1969

Universe:    Historians in Japan and in the United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

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.


Data Source:

mailback questionnaires


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-05-03

Version History:

  • 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.

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