The Western influence on the modernization of Japan is one of the most important subjects in Japanese Studies; indeed it is central to any understanding of today’s Japan. The Western influence on the history of women in Japan is especially crucial since the women’s movement there was founded on the translation of Western books into Japanese in the early Meiji era. During this period, along with the classical texts by authors such as J. S. Mill and Herbert Spencer, some of the minor books in the subject were also translated and published in Japanese. This set collects together some of those texts which are now forgotten, but played an important role in the foundation of Japanese feminism.
Sheldon Amos, Difference of Sex as a Topic of Jurisprudence and Legislation, etc. (London: Longmans & Co., 1870), c. 43pp.
William Ogle, ‘On Marriage-rates and Marriage-ages, with Special Reference to the Growth of Population’, 1890, c. 37 pp., Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Vol. 53, June 1890
Leo Tolstoy, The Relations of the Sexes (Christchurch: Free Age Press, 1908), c. 88pp.
Theodore Stanton (ed.), The Woman Question in Europe: A Series of Original Essays, with an Introduction by Frances Power Cobbe (London: Sampson Low, 1884), c. 496pp.
Charlotte Perkins Stetson, Women and Economics: A Study of the Economic Relation between Men and Women as a Factor in Social Evolution (Boston: Maynard Small), c. 365pp.
M. B. Annette Meakin, Woman in Transition (London: Methuen & Co., 1907), c. 325pp.
Ellen Key, The Renaissance of Motherhood (translated from the Swedish by Anna E. B. Fries) (New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1914), c. 178pp.