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  • By John Haines
    Oct 27, 2008
    "Fascinating Insight and a boon to students and enthusiasts of British-Japanese Diplomacy" Firstly, let's dispel a myth that the subject matter would be deemed by many to be elitist in nature and therefore attractive to only the same, and boring with it - bunkum - it's great. This is a fascinating series of correspondal exchanges between Sir Ernest Satow, British Minister in Japan at the rapidly closing Victorian era, and many of his subordinates, and a goodly stack of letters and notes etc which flew to and fro between his peers and superiors, from his own Department and others, at home and in Japan, throughout his tenure. There are letters which are concerned with the possible dire implications if the correct protocol etc was not adhered to. There are the more usual 'grist to the mill' within the Diplomatic Service musings, of trade problems involving China, Russia, Germany and France, and of course, the UK ( I am British, so please allow me this perspective! ), in... More > relation to Japan, its trade relations and even its marine accesibility - and even a quintessentially British exchange in the face of possible disaster of, wait for it - 'I don't like the climate!'Who else but a bowler hatted Englishman abroad with rather itchy tweeds in the Far-East? Technically, this is a work of great devotion, skill, diligence and application in the salvaging and digital preservation of the sepia-tinged Bull Dog Spirit, ironically manifest here in the formal comfortably reserved words of a British Diplomat of a gone but not forgotten age, complete with salary of £4,000 PA Plus £1,000 for 'outfits'. If this 'money for clobber' was Per Annum, then I'll have to see 'Er Indoors' - I don't even get that now! Well done, Ian Ruxton, on the excellent presentation of another window into Britain and Japan's Diplomatic past. Cheers, and here's to the next instalment. John Haines< Less
  • By Colin Jones
    Apr 12, 2008
    "Historic and Fascinating" In making these historic documents available to the general public Professor Ruxton has performed a valuable service. They make fascinating reading.
  • By gopal lahiri
    Sep 6, 2007
    "An outstanding Work" This book gives a detailed account of impressions of the preoccupation and language of Victorian diplomacy and consular work in late 19th Century Japan.This informations will be of immense help to the researchers as well as the general readers.On the whole, an outstanding work By Ian Ruxton. Gopal Lahiri
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Second Edition
Ian Ruxton
February 6, 2012
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
3.57 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
8.5 wide x 11 tall
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