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I don’t really have too much on the Taisho Period other than books on the Russo-Japanese War. Likewise, all of my books concerning the Showa period deal with WWII. If you’re interested in those conflicts, I can certainly give you some recommendations.

As for Meiji,if you’re interested in Japan’s interactions with the West, you can check out Townsend Harris’ journal. It’s called The Complete Journal of Townsend Harris. First American Consul and Minister to Japan.

Some other titles you may be interested in:

The Emergence of Meiji Japan by Marius Jansen
The Meiji Restoration by W.G. Beasley
The Cambridge History of Japan, Volume 5 edited by Marius Jansen
Choshu in the Meiji Restoration, 1853-1863 by Albert Craig
The Japanese Informal Empire In China, 1895-1937 by Peter Duus
The Economic Development of Japan, 1868-1941 by W.J. MacPherson
Japanese Imperialism, 1894-1945 by W.G. Beasley
The Making of a Japanese Periphery, 1750-1920 by Karen Wigen
The Culture of the Meiji Period by Marius Jansen