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The merchant's tale : Yokohama and the transformation of Japan

Author: Simon Partner
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2018]
Series: Asia perspectives.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In April 1859, at age fifty, Shinohara Chūemon left his old life behind. Chūemon, a well-off farmer in his home village, departed for the new port city of Yokohama, where he remained for the next fourteen years. There, as a merchant trading with foreigners in the aftermath of Japan's 1853 "opening" to the West, he witnessed the collapse of the Tokugawa shogunate, the civil war that followed, and the Meiji  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Partner, Simon.
Merchant's tale.
New York : Columbia University Press, 2018
(DLC) 2017061832
Named Person: Chūemon Shinohara
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Partner
ISBN: 9780231182928 0231182929
OCLC Number: 1017862287
Description: xxii, 291 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Out of thin air (1859-1860) --
Years of struggle (1860-1864) --
Prosperity (1864-1866) --
Transformation (1866-1873) --
Conclusion : the power of a place.
Series Title: Asia perspectives.
Responsibility: Simon Partner.

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In a narrative history rich in colorful detail, Simon Partner uses the story of an ordinary merchant farmer as a vantage point onto sweeping social transformation and its unwitting agents. Partner's  Read more...

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