The four groups under discussion were 1 the loyalists wanted to redeem the national image and thought themselves patriots 2the old guard the samurai loyal to the shogunate 3the common people who only wanted stability some favored one side or the other and some just wanted change 4. Patriots and redeemers in japan motives in the meiji restoration wilson george m amazoncomau books. Like the french revolution the meiji restoration transformed a whole society japan was never the same after 1868 the meaning of the events that led to the restoration has therefore profoundly concerned historians but most western accounts probe only the dimension of political leadership largely ignoring the common people in this book george wilson argues that the restoration was a total . Patriots redeemers in japan motives in the meiji restoration by george m wilson available in trade paperback on powellscom also read synopsis and reviews in this concise but ambitious historiographical essay wilson argues for an approach to the meiji
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