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The Japanese discovery of America : a brief history with documents

Author: Peter Duus
Publisher: Boston ; New York : Bedford Books, ©1997.
Series: Bedford series in history and culture.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Focuses on the Japanese encounter with the Americans in the mid-nineteenth century. Includes poems, political pamphlets, official memorials, private journals, newspaper reports and eyewitness accounts.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Duus
ISBN: 0312163789 9780312163785 0312116810 9780312116811
OCLC Number: 36352483
Description: xii, 226 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Part One. The Japanese discovery of America --
Japan's isolation policy --
America's approach to Japan --
The Americans as barbarians --
Observing the Americans --
Interpreting the Americans --
Rejecting the American model --
The American discovery of Japan --
Part Two. The documents --
From Kirishitan Monogatari (Tales of the Christians) --
From Keisei Hisaku (A secret strategy for ruling the country) / Honda Toshiaki --
Dutch ship (Poem) / Rai San'yo --
From Shinfron (New theses) / Aizawa Seishisai --
A Bakufu expulsion edict --
Kaibosaku (A plan for coastal defense) / Sakuma Shozan --
From Narrative of a voyage of the ship Morrison / Samuel Wells Williams --
An American businessman's view of Japan / Aaron Haight Palmer --
Report of Japanese cruelty to American sailors --
From Konyo zushiki (A world atlas) / Mitsukuri Shogo --
The interrogation of a castaway --
From Hyoryuki (The record of a castaway) / Hamada Hikozo --
From The personal journal of Commodore Matthew C. Perry --
Official report of the Perry expedition / Francis L. Hawks --
Memorial on the American demand for a treaty / Ii Naosuke --
Memorial on the American demand for a treaty / Tokugawa Nariaki --
Broadsheet of sumo wrestlers delivering rice --
Broadsheet on the "capture" of the Americans --
A comic dialogue --
A black ship scroll with dialogue --
Report of a rape --
From The complete journal of Townsend Harris --
Memorial on the Harris proposal / Hotta Masayoshi --
From kyofu no gen (Testimony of a madman) / Yoshida Shoin --
Two American views on the opening of the treaty ports --
From The journal of Francis Hall --
A Yokohama print of an American man and wife --
From Yokohama kaiko kenbunshi (A record of observations in the open port of yokohama) / Hashimoto Sadahide --
Proposal for reforming Japan / Yokoi Shonan --
Evaluation of foregn religion / Yokoi Shonan --
From The autobiography of Yukichi Fukuzawa / Fukusawa Yukichi --
From Kokai Nikki (Diary of a voyage abroad) / Muragaki Norimasa --
Two American reports on the 1860 mission --
A Broadway pageant (poem) / Walt Whitman --
Report of the Iwakura mission / Kume Kunitake --
From Kume hakase kyujunen kaikoroku (The memoirs of Professor Kume Kunitake) / Kume Kunitake --An American report on the Iwakura mission --
From Seiyo jijo (Conditions in the West) / Fukuzawa Yukichi --
From Bunmei no gairyaku (An outline of a theory of civilization) / Fukuzawa Yukichi --
An explanation of twelve Western words (Part I) / Nishimura Shigeki --
The federated states of North and South America / Sugi Koji --
A Japanese student's views of the United States / Knoue Ryokichi --
From The mikado's empire / William Elliot Griffis.
Series Title: Bedford series in history and culture.
Responsibility: edited with an introduction by Peter Duus.

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Focuses on the Japanese encounter with the Americans in the mid-nineteenth century. Includes poems, political pamphlets, official memorials, private journals, newspaper reports and eyewitness accounts.

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