The Clash: U.S.-Japanese Relations Throughout History

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1998 - History - 508 pages
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When Commodore Matthew Perry sailed into Tokyo harbor in July 1853, opening Japan to the West, a century and a half of economic, cultural, and occasionally violent clashes between Americans and Japanese began. Walter LaFeber, one of America's leading historians, has written the first book to tell the entire story behind the disagreements, tensions, and skirmishes between Japan €” a compact, homogenous, closely knit society terrified of disorder €” and America €” a sprawling, open-ended society that fears economic depression and continually seeks an international marketplace. Using both American and Japanese sources, LaFeber provides the history behind the vicissitudes of rearming Japan, the present-day tensions in U.S.-Japan trade talks, Japan's continuing importance in financing America's huge deficit, and both nations' drive to develop China €” a shadow that has darkened American-Japanese relations from the beginning. "Broad and deeply researched. . . . The Clash is beautifully written, with clear arguments and no irrelevancies."€”Gaddis Smith, Boston Globe "[This] work will easily become the best history of U.S.-Japanese relations in any language."€”Akira Iriye, professor of history, Harvard University "[LaFeber] succeeds brilliantly. . . . [W]ell-researched, meticulously sourced and highly readable."€”Don Oberdorfer, Washington Post Book World
 

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Incredibly accessible, looks at things from a variety of angles and treats both the USA and Japan as complicated actors, not simplifying them to a few variables. Gives a lot of insight into Japan's ... Read full review

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Whirlwind one volume history of, well, Japanese and American relations. Fast read and interesting. Get it. Read full review

Contents

Irresistible Foree Immovable Objeet
3
The Appearance of the Americans
9
Harriss Triumphs lis Assassination
17
The Americans and the Birth of Modern Japan
23
Joining tke Club 18681900
32
Two Systems Two Imperialisms
40
Clash Over Hawaii
53
When Americans and Japanese Were Friends
62
The Enemy Begins to Replace
231
The Double Shockand the End
246
The First Occupation 194547
262
Japanese Americans
282
The Pivotal Decade
296
A New Cold War
310
A Miracle Appears China Reappears 196O1973
325
Johnson Sato and Vietnam
338

Yamagata Roosevelt and the RussoJapanese War
73
Revolution War and Raee 19121920
99
The Bitter Choice
116
From Washington
128
The 1924
144
They Still Need Usand That Is Probably What Annoys
157
Takahashi Hull and the Race Between Trade and Politics
174
The CoProsperity Sphere
191
The Clash Over Two Visions
214
Nixon and Satoor Trading with the Enemy
348
American Bodies Not American BanksOr Japan
363
The 1980s From RonYasu
370
The Cold War Is Over the Japanese Won
385
Notes
407
Bibliography
461
Acknowledgments
481
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About the author (1998)

Walter LaFeber is professor of history at Cornell University and the author of The Clash and Inevitable Revolutions.

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