- 文学部論叢 = Kumamoto journal of culture and humanities (ISSN:03887073)
- no.109, pp.91-112, 2018-03
This paper re-examines the reforms of the Kumamoto Domain in the third year of the Meiji Restoration period (hereafter: the year-three reforms), which are well known as an archetypal example of domain reforms that occurred from the Meiji Restoration period to the mid-1950s. The paper begins with a thorough review of previous studies; this literature review confirms that the research perspectives on the year-three reforms have broadened since the 1980s. At that time, social and regional histories became mainstream. Furthermore, this paper argues that it is necessary to conduct a political reexamination of the year-three reforms while using the results of previous research. Accordingly, this paper verifies that another plan existed in the civil administration at the beginning of the year-three reforms in addition to the plan created by Tokutomi Kazutaka and Takezaki Ritsujiro who are already well known in part for having actually executed the plan and analyzing the newly released Doukeke Monjo. This is the first paper to clarify that Kinoshita Sukeyuki drafted the other plan and that Tokutomi and Takezaki's plan was chosen as a result of a policy competition that included both the plans. Additionally, this paper emphasizes that is possible to connect Kinoshita's plan with the results of regional and social research in the field of Kumamoto Domain, which has been gathering attention in recent years, and also indicates the future importance of a perspective that directly ties political history and regional and social history together.