Robert Eskildsen is Senior Associate Professor, Department of
History, International Christian University, Japan. The author's
academic training is in the field of modern Japanese history,
notably in the sub-fields of premodern Japanese history and modern
East Asian history. His publications on the topic include articles
in leading journals of history and Asian Studies, such as the
American Historical Review and The Journal of Asian Studies.
"Efforts to understand the peculiarities of Japanese imperialism remain important to scholars of Japan and comparative history alike, and Eskildsen makes a significant contribution in that respect ... . His study opens a revealing window onto early Meiji political and cultural history in its regional environment as well as onto the multilayered workings of international relations in East Asia." (Yoshihisa Tak Matsusaka, Monumenta Nipponica, Vol. 75 (1), 2020)