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Available here in English for the first time, these reports chronicle the dawning of the modern era in Japan. When Commodore Perry opened Japan, ending the long-standing feudalism and isolation of the Tokugawa Shoganate, Japan's reaction to the West was unique among Asian countries--and it changed the course of history.
The newly established Meiji government sent a large delegation on a tour of Western countries to report on how Japan might modernize its political, economic, and social infrastructure. This embassy of some fifty top officials was headed by Iwakura Tomomi and included such luminaries as Ito Hirobumi and Kido Takayoshi. These emissaries journeyed to the United States and eleven European countries, making thorough investigations into each country's politics, military affairs, trade and industry, education, and culture. Their reports, which helped Japan emerge as a modern industrial nation, constitute an indispensable documentary resource.
The reports comprise five volumes: Volume 1: The United States of America, translated by Martin Collcutt; Volume 2: Britain, translated by Graham Healey; Volume 3: Continental Europe, 1 (France, Belgium, Holland, Germany), translated by Andrew Cobbing; Volume 4: Continental Europe, 2 (Russia, Denmark, Sweden, Italy, Austria), translated by Peter Kornicki; Volume 5: Continental Europe. 3, and the Voyage Home (Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, France, Egypt, Red Sea, Arabian Sea, Ceylon, Strait of Malacca, Saigon, Hong Kong, Shanghai), translated by Graham Healey, Eugene Soviak, and Chushichi Tsuzuki.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7" Width: 7.5" Height: 10.5" Weight: 16.1 lbs.
Release Date Feb 11, 2002
Publisher Princeton University Press
ISBN 4901617001 ISBN13 9784901617000
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More About Kume Kunitake, Graham Healey, Chushichi Tsuzuki & Marius B. Jansen
Kume Kunitake was an official historian of the Meiji government and later Professor at Imperial and Waseda universities. Graham Healey was Senior Lecturer at Sheffield University. Chushichi Tsuzuki is Professor Emeritus at Hitotsubashi University. Marius Jansen was Professor Emeritus at Princeton. Akira Tanaka is Professor Emeritus at Hokkaido University. Martin Collcutt is Professor at Princeton. Andrew Cobbing is Assistant Professor at Kyushu University. Peter Kornicki is Reader at Cambridge University. Eugene Soviak is Professor Emeritus at Washington University in Saint Louis.
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