Margaret Mehl

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I write mostly scholarly books and articles about the cultural history of modern Japan. However, I like to think of my latest book, Not by Love Alone: The Violin in Japan, 1850–2010 as “crossover”: it is intended to appeal to any readers who ever wondered how the Japanese managed to achieve their impressive global presence in the Western classical music. For details about Not by Love Alone, please visit my website at

My other books include History and the State in Nineteenth-Century Japan and Private Academies of Chinese Learning in Meiji Japan: the Decline and Transformation of the kangaku juku. I have also published numerous articles, most of them in academic journals, but including a few in The Strad.

Having grown up in Germany, I also write in German. Among my more light-hearted publications is a booklet about the Japanese language, Japanisch – Sprache des Teufels? (Japanese – The Devil’s Language?), intended for readers who are curious about the language without necessarily wanting to study it in detail.

Currently I am working on a book about the changing musical culture in modern Japan in a global context as well as related articles.




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