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Secret memoirs of the shoguns : Isaac Titsingh and Japan, 1779-1822

Author: Timon Screech
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Routledge, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Isaac Titsingh was intermittently head of the Japan factory (trading station) of the Dutch East India Company from 1779 to 1784. He was a career merchant, but unusual in having a classical education and training as a physician. His impact on Japan was enormous; but he left disappointed in the ability of the country to embrace change. After many years in Java, India and China, he came to London, then settled in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Isaac Titsingh; Isaac Titsingh
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Timon Screech
ISBN: 9780700717200 070071720X
OCLC Number: 57754289
Description: xiii, 265 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Part 1. Secret memoirs of the shoguns. Before the Tokugawa --
Ieyasu, the Gongen, to Ietsugu --
Yoshimune, the eighth shogun --
Ieshige to Ienari --
Part 2. Essays on Japanese civilization. On the legal suicide of the Japanese --
On Japanese poetry --
The character of the Japanese people, and a history of East-West relations --
Part 3. Other observations. 'Secret diary' of Isaac Titsingh --
Titsingh's 'Philosophical discourse'.
Responsibility: annotated and introduced by Timon Screech.
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An annotated edition of the original English version, which appeared posthumously in 1822 in English and French.  Read more...

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'Titsingh's narrative is useful in that he never sees Japan as a monolithic and static society where everybody thought the same way. Instead, he is constantly aware of the competing groups and Read more...

 
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