The Japanese Discovery of America: A Brief History with Documents

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Bedford/St. Martin's, Dec 15, 1996 - History - 226 pages
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This brief documentary history chronicles the nineteenth-century (1837-1871) encounters between Japan and the United States that led to the opening of Japanese society to Western influence. An extensive introduction describes American attempts to overturn Japan's long-standing policy of isolation (culminating in the 1853-1854 Perry Expedition) and considers the lasting effects of Japan's fascination with a culture radically different from its own. Reinforcing the book's double-sided perspective are 43 documents - including poems, broadsheets, newspaper articles, and illustrations - that demonstrate how new views of the "other" were established on both sides of the Pacific. Headnotes to the documents, a brief glossary, a chronology, a bibliography, and an index are also included.

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Peter Duus (Ph. D., Harvard University) is the William H. Bonsall Professor of History at Stanford University. He has published widely on the history of modern Japan and is the editor of volume 6 of The Cambridge History of Japan. His most recent scholarly publication is The Abacus and the Sword: The Japanese Penetration of Korea, 1895-1910 (1995). Duus has spent many years in Japan, most recently as a Fulbright research scholar in 1994-1995.

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