Japan Encounters the Barbarian

Japanese Travellers in America and Europe

Author: Emeritus Professor W G Beasley,William G. Beasley

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300063240

Category: Political Science

Page: 252

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Beasley examines the origins of the decision to initiate direct study of the West at a time when western countries counted as 'barbarian' by Confucian standards. Drawing on many colourful letters, diaries, memoirs and reports, he describes the missions sent overseas in 1860 and 1862, in 1865-1867 and in the years after 1868, in particular the prestigious embassy led by Iwakura in 1871-1873.

The Japanese Experience

A Short History of Japan

Author: William G. Beasley

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520225602

Category: History

Page: 299

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An authoritative history of Japan from the sixth century to the present day and of a society and culture with a distinct sense of itself, one of the few nations never conquered by a foreign power in historic times until the 12th century. 35 illustrations.

Mirror in the Shrine

American Encounters with Meiji Japan

Author: Robert A. Rosenstone

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674576414

Category: History

Page: 315

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Based on the travels of Griffis, Morse, and Hearn in the late 1800s, these stories evoke the immediacy of daily experience in Meiji, Japan, a nation still feudal in many of its habits yet captivating to Westerners for its gentleness, beauty, and pure charm. Illustrated.

The Japanese Discovery of Victorian Britain

Early Travel Encounters in the Far West

Author: Andrew Cobbing

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134250061

Category: Social Science

Page: 308

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The investigations undertaken in the pursuit of knowledge by the first overseas Japanese travellers during the 1860s and 70s have left a unique record of life in the then unknown west. Leaving behind a homeland culturally isolated for more than 200 years, these samurai travellers were especially fascinated by the extent of British political and commercial influence they observed during their travels, and therefore paid particularly close attention to the Victorian world and recorded all they saw in minute detail. Their diaries and 'travelogues' comprise the single largest body of material on Victorian society to be recorded in any non-European language. This book examines the nature of these travellers' experiences and their perceptions of Victorian Britain. A deeper understanding of this rich source material is important because, although entirely unknown to British readers, the documents reveal one of the most spectacular culture shocks ever recorded in World History. They are also important because the images of Victorian and other western societies that they portrayed to the Japanese reading public in the late nineteenth century still underpin Japanese understanding of the outside world more than a hundred years later.

Barbarian Virtues

The United States Encounters Foreign Peoples at Home and Abroad, 1876-1917

Author: Matthew Frye Jacobson

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0809016281

Category: History

Page: 324

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This book is an examination of national identity in a crucial period. The United States first announced its power on the international scene at the Centennial Exhibition in 1876 and first demonstrated that power during World War I. The years in between were a period of dramatic change, when the dynamics of industrialization rapidly accelerated the rate at which Americans were coming in contact with foreign peoples, both at home and abroad. In this work, the author shows how American conceptions of peoplehood, citizenship, and national identity were transformed in these crucial years by escalating economic and military involvements abroad and by the massive influx of immigrants at home. Drawing upon a diverse range of sources, not only traditional political documents, but also novels, travelogues, academic treatises, and art, he demonstrates the close relationship between immigration and expansionism. By bridging these two areas, so often left separate, he rethinks the texture of American political life in a keenly argued and persuasive history. This book shows how these years set the stage for today's attitudes and ideas about "Americanism" and about immigrants and foreign policy, from Border Watch to the Gulf War.

"Travel, Collecting, and Museums of Asian Art in Nineteenth-Century Paris "

Author: Ting Chang

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351538454

Category: Art

Page: 210

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Travel, Collecting, and Museums of Asian Art in Nineteenth-Century Paris examines a history of contact between modern Europe and East Asia through three collectors: Henri Cernuschi, Emile Guimet, and Edmond de Goncourt. Drawing on a wealth of material including European travelogues of the East and Asian reports of the West, Ting Chang explores the politics of mobility and cross-cultural encounter in the nineteenth century. This book takes a new approach to museum studies and institutional critique by highlighting what is missing from the existing scholarship -- the foreign labors, social relations, and somatic experiences of travel that are constitutive of museums yet left out of their histories. The author explores how global trade and monetary theory shaped Cernuschi's collection of archaic Chinese bronze. Exchange systems, both material and immaterial, determined Guimet's museum of religious objects and Goncourt's private collection of Asian art. Bronze, porcelain, and prints articulated the shifting relations and frameworks of understanding between France, Japan, and China in a time of profound transformation. Travel, Collecting, and Museums of Asian Art in Nineteenth-Century Paris thus looks at what Asian art was imagined to do for Europe. This book will be of interest to scholars and students interested in art history, travel imagery, museum studies, cross-cultural encounters, and modern transnational histories.

Europe, Sport, World

Shaping Global Societies

Author: J. A. Mangan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135276854

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 304

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The sports of Europe and the United States were imitated and assimilated and became symbols of national and cosmopolitan identity. This work examines the national and international importance of sport and its role in shaping post-millennium global culture.

The Rise of Modern Japan

Author: William G. Beasley

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780312127510

Category: Japan

Page: 322

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This book covers the history of Japan from the mid-nineteenth century up to the present day. It examines the turbulent thirties and and Empire won and lost between 1937 and 1945, and investigates the major changes after 1945 including the astonishing economic growth that has been achieved since the 1950s. This new edition covers the dramatic political upheavals of the 1990s.

The Pursuit of Power in Modern Japan 1825-1995

Author: Chushichi Tsuzuki

Publisher: Oxford University Press, UK

ISBN: 9780191542459


Page: 562

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This new history of modern Japan covers its remarkable transformation from a small country on the fringe of international politics to the major world power it is today. Professor Tsuzuki traces Japan's pursuit of power, first by military and then by economic means, in a fascinating and original history of the fastest-growing economic power of the twentieth century. - ;This new history of modern Japan covers its remarkable transformation from a small country on the fringe of international politics to the major world power it is today. Professor Tsuzuki traces Japan's pursuit of power, first by military and then by economic means, from her attempts to replace China at the centre of the Confucian Middle Kingdom; through the Meiji nationalist response to the inroads of nineteenth century western imperialism; and on to the post-war USJapanese alliance powering the economic miracle of the last half of the twentieth century. He examines Japan's political, intellectual, and industrial development throughout the last two centuries, with special attention to the wars that were fought, and argues that the history of Japan's modernization was closely linked to the growth of Japan's own imperialism. Tsuzuki goes on to reveal how some of the factors which contributed to remaking Japan as an economic giant have also been responsible for her recent economic and political difficulties. -

Foreigners in Japan

A Historical Perspective

Author: Gopal Kshetry

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1469102447

Category: History

Page: 324

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Japan began to fascinate the West after the account of Marco Polos sojourn in China. This set off an interest in the oriental world. The Portuguese, being the first, arrived in Japan in 1543 which was followed by others. The experience Japan had with Europeans put upon itself isolation for about 200 years. After the forceful opening by Mathew Perry in 1853, many Westerners again began to arrive in Japan. Later during the 1980s, there was an influx of migrant workers which become a hot topic of debate. The book throws much light onto the historical background as well as the events that lead up to the present state of affairs in relation to issues of discrimination, crimes and problems related to foreigners.

A History of Japan, 1582-1941

Internal and External Worlds

Author: L. M. Cullen

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521529181

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 357

View: 5712

Distinctive overview of the internal and external pressures responsible for the emergence of modern Japan.

Journal of the Civil War Era

Fall 2014 Issue

Author: William A. Blair

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 1469615991

Category: History

Page: 144

View: 4005

The Journal of the Civil War Era Volume 4, Number 3, September 2014 TABLE OF CONTENTS Editor's Note, William Blair Articles Felicity Turner Rights and the Ambiguities of Law: Infanticide in the Nineteenth-Century U.S. South Paul Quigley Civil War Conscription and the International Boundaries of Citizenship Jay Sexton William H. Seward in the World Review Essay Patick J. Kelly the European Revolutions of 1848 and the Transnational turn in Civil War History Book Reviews Books Received Notes on Contributors


The West and the Rest

Author: Niall Ferguson

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101548029

Category: History

Page: 432

View: 436

From the bestselling author of The Ascent of Money and The Square and the Tower Western civilization’s rise to global dominance is the single most important historical phenomenon of the past five centuries. How did the West overtake its Eastern rivals? And has the zenith of Western power now passed? Acclaimed historian Niall Ferguson argues that beginning in the fifteenth century, the West developed six powerful new concepts, or “killer applications”—competition, science, the rule of law, modern medicine, consumerism, and the work ethic—that the Rest lacked, allowing it to surge past all other competitors. Yet now, Ferguson shows how the Rest have downloaded the killer apps the West once monopolized, while the West has literally lost faith in itself. Chronicling the rise and fall of empires alongside clashes (and fusions) of civilizations, Civilization: The West and the Rest recasts world history with force and wit. Boldly argued and teeming with memorable characters, this is Ferguson at his very best.

Great Britain and the Opening of Japan, 1834-1858

Author: William G. Beasley

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9781873410431

Category: Political Science

Page: 227

View: 1805

Reissue in paperback (with new Introduction) of the 1951 classic analysis of the crucial years leading up to the Meiji restoration in which Britain provided Japan with its wealth and power model.

Japanese Company

Author: Rodney Clark

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 146291134X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 192

View: 7670

This Japanese business guide takes an honest look at the Japanese company in its full historical, industrial, and societal contexts. The author explains how the Japanese company is run and how its workings affect those associated with it—and the people of Japan in general. The author also examines the organization and management of a company and the employees' place within it. The obsession with titles and hierarchy is noted, and the existence of "lifetime employment" is considered carefully. Readers interested in the legal aspects of a company's organization will find this section useful. The Japanese Company is thus offers great insight into Japanese business etiquette and practice for anyone involved (or soon to be involved) in Japanese business.

The Iwakura Mission to America and Europe

A New Assessment

Author: Ian Nish

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135318794

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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Driven by the need to identify, classify and assess western technology and culture together with a desire to advance a dialogue for reviewing the so-called 'unequal treaties' - the new Meiji government of 1868 despatched a top-level ministerial team to the west which, in 1872, arrived in the United States. In all, they spent 205 days in America, 122 days in Britain and two months in France, as well as visiting other countries including Belgium, Germany, Russia, Sweden and Italy. Drawing on the papers given at the triennial conference of the European Association of Japanese Studies, held in Budapest in August 1997 (the year also marking the 125th anniversary of Iwakura's arrival), this volume presents a valuable new overview of the mission as a whole, with the significance and impact of the visit to each country being separately assessed. A supplement to the book looks at several 'post-Iwakura' topics, including a review of the mission's chief chronicler, Kume Kunitake.

The Japanese Discovery of America

A Brief History with Documents

Author: Peter Duus

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 9780312163785

Category: History

Page: 226

View: 7414

The mid-ninteenth century "discovery" of America by the Japanese was far more important to the shaping of their culture than the American "intrusion" into Japan.