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  • By Ian Ruxton
    Mar 24, 2010
    A long but very interesting book which helps to fill the gaps in common knowledge about U.S.-Japan relations in the early part of the 20th century from a Japanese perspective. The first 50 years saw broadly friendly relations, beginning with the visit of Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry's black ships in 1853 and 1854 to open Japan to the world. The period from 1905 to 1945 was a steady downward spiral culminating in the dropping of the atomic bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Since World War II until now the relationship has been good again, and one of close allies, though Japan has been the junior partner. This book is therefore positioned in time at the first turning point in relations, when the U.S. first became aware, as did many other countries, that Japan's military might was growing and was a potential threat after its stunning victory over Russia on land and at sea. However, this was followed by the diplomatic defeat of the Treaty of Portsmouth (September 1905) which led to... More > riots in Tokyo and throughout Japan by the disappointed masses, as described in the book. This is by far the longest of the three translations from Japanese which I have attempted so far. It was hard work but very rewarding. There is some connection between my first one, "Japanese Students at Cambridge University in the Meiji Era", and this one in that Suematsu Kencho who studied at Cambridge was given an almost identical and simultaneous mission in Europe to that of Kaneko Kentaro in the USA. They both fought hard against Yellow Peril prejudices and propaganda! (By the way, Baron Suematsu is likely to be the central figure of my next book, another translation of Professor Matsumura's work.)< Less
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First Edition (4)
Ian Ruxton
March 21, 2010
Hardcover (dust-jacket)
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.77 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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