A Diplomat in Japan: The Inner History of the Critical Years in the Evolution of Japan When the Ports Were Opened and the Monarchy Restored (Google eBook)

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Stone Bridge Press, Inc., Apr 1, 2007 - BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY - 472 pages
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Based on the author's detailed diary, personal encounters, and keen memory, this book is a record of the inner history of the critical years of social and political upheaval that accompanied Japan's first encounters with the West around the time of the Meiji Restoration.

Sir Ernest Mason Satow (1843-1929) was a member of the British legation in Tokyo for twenty-one years.

  

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User Review  - Darius - Goodreads

Satow was in Japan during the meiji restoration and was witness to some key events. The commentary is sympathetic and interesting. In some ways it throws light on the wider topic of colonialism and 19th century trade between the East and the West. Read full review

Review: A Diplomat in Japan: The Inner History of the Critical Years in the Evolution of Japan When the Ports Were Opened and the Monarchy Restored

User Review  - Sam Schulman - Goodreads

Eminently put-downable - a great disappointment, because the subject is fascinating and Satow was the author of the great manuals of diplomatic practice. But it's a big bore. Read full review

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Contents

i Appointment as Student Interpreter at Yedo 1
1
ii Yokohama Society Official and Unofficial 7
7
iii Political Conditions in Japan 19
19
iv TreatiesAntiForeign SpiritMurder ofForeigners 29
29
v Richardsons MurderJapanese Studies 39
39
vi Official Visit to Yedo 53
53
vii Demands for ReparationJapanese Proposals toClose the PortsPayment of the inedmnity 65
65
viii Bombardment of Kagoshima 79
79
xxi Ozaka and Tokushima 269
269
xxii Tosa and Nagasaki 285
285
xxiii Downfall of the Shogunate 303
303
xxiv Outbreak of Civil War 1868 319
319
xxv Hostilities Begun at Fushimi 337
337
xxvi The Bizen Affair 347
347
xxvii First Visit to Kioto 363
363
xxviii HarakiriNegotiations forAudience of the Mikado at Kioto 375
375

ix Shimonoseki Preliminary Measures 91
91
x ShimonosekiNaval Operations 99
99
xi ShimonosekiPeace Concluded with Choshiu 115
115
xii The Murder of Bird and Baldwin 135
135
xiii Ratification of the Treaties by the Mikado 143
143
xiv Great Fire at Yokohama 159
159
xv Visit to Kagoshima and Uwajima 171
171
xvi First Visit to Ozaka 191
191
xvii Reception of Foreign Ministers by the Tycoon 201
201
xviii Overland from Ozaka to Yedo 213
213
xix Social Intercourse with Japanese Offi cialsVisit to Niigata Sado Gold Mines and Nanao 239
239
xx Nanao to Ozaka Overland 253
253
xxix Massacre of French Sailors at Sakai 385
385
xxx KiotoAudience of the Mikado 391
391
xxxi Return to Yedo and Presentation of theMinisters New Credentials at Ozaka 401
401
xxxii Miscellaneous IncidentsMito Politics 411
411
xxxiii Capture of Wakamatsu andEntry of the Mikado into Yedo 427
427
xxxiv Enomoto with the RunawayTokugawa Ships Seizes Yezo 437
437
xxxv 1869audience of the Mikado at Yedo 443
443
xxxvi Last Days in Tokio and Departure for Home 455
455
Glossary of Japanese Words 459
459
Index
464
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About the author (2007)

Satow (1843-1929) arrived in Japan in 1862 and remained there for 21 years as a secretary of the British Legation of Tokyo, becoming an avid student of Japanese language, history, religion, and customs. He later served as Minister in Siam, Uruguay, Morocco, and China. He died at age 86 in England.

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