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Japan Rising
The Iwakura Embassy to the USA and Europe


  • Date Published: April 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521735162


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  • In 1871 Japan sent a high-ranking delegation to the USA and Europe, to negotiate treaties and trading agreements and to investigate how it might modernise its political and economic institutions. Led by the Foreign Minister Prince Tomomi Iwakura, the 'embassy' of politicians, courtiers and officials travelled extensively around the USA for eight months, before spending a further year examining the British manufacturing industry, German armaments and French culture. The Iwakura Embassy helped change the course of Japanese history, for the official report of this journey, compiled by Prince Iwakura's personal secretary, the Confucian scholar Kunitake Kume, was to play a key role in Japan's transformation into a modern industrial nation. The report was translated into English in five large volumes in 2002. This carefully prepared abridgement makes it accessible to a wider range of scholars and students, and to all who are interested in the remarkable rise of modern Japan.

    • A pivotal moment in Japanese history which sheds light on the politics, economics and culture of the new and old worlds on the eve of modernity
    • An introduction by a leading Sinologist supplies the historical and diplomatic background to the Embassy and why it took place
    • The abridgement of the original five-volume report will ensure a student and general interest readership
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    • Date Published: April 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521735162
    • length: 558 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.88kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Ian Nish
    Volume I. The United States of America: Preface
    1. The voyage across the Pacific
    2. A survey of the United States of America
    3. A record of San Francisco, 1
    4. A record of San Francisco, 2
    5. The railroad journey in the state of California
    6. The railroad journey in the state of Nevada and Utah territory
    7. The Rocky Mountain railroad
    8. The Chicago railroad
    9. The railroad journey from Chicago to Washington, D.C.
    10. A survey of the District of Columbia
    11. A record of Washington, D.C., 1
    12. A record of Washington, D.C., 2
    13. A record of Washington, D.C., 3
    14. The journey through the northern states, 1
    15. The journey through the northern states, 2
    16. The journey through the northern states, 3
    17. A record of Washington, D.C.: epilogue
    18. A record of Philadelphia
    19. A record of New York City
    20. A record of Boston
    Volume II. Britain:
    21. A survey of Britain
    22. A survey of London
    23. A record of London, 1
    24. A record of London, 2
    25. A record of London, 3
    26. A record of Liverpool, 1
    27. A record of Liverpool, 2
    28. A record of Manchester, 1
    29. A record of Manchester, 2
    30. A record of Glasgow
    31. A record of Edinburgh
    32. A tour of the Highlands
    33. A record of Newcastle, 1
    34. A record of Newcastle, 2
    35. A record of Bradford
    36. A record of Sheffield
    37. A record of Staffordshire and Warwickshire
    38. A record of Birmingham
    39. A record of Cheshire
    40. A record of London, 4
    Volume III. Continental Europe, 1:
    41. A survey of France
    42. A record of Paris, 1
    43. A record of Paris, 2
    44. A record of Paris, 3
    45. A record of Paris, 4
    46. A record of Paris, 5
    47. A record of Paris, 6
    48. A record of Paris, 7
    49. A survey of Belgium
    50. A record of Belgium, 1
    51. A record of Belgium, 2
    52. A survey of Holland
    53. A record of The Hague, Rotterdam and Leiden
    54. A record of Amsterdam
    55. A survey of Prussia
    56. The journey by rail through western Prussia
    57. A survey of Berlin
    58. A record of Berlin, 1
    59. A record of Berlin, 2
    60. A record of Berlin, 3
    with a supplement on Potsdam
    Volume IV. Continental Europe, 2:
    61. A survey of Russia
    62. A survey of Russian railways and St. Petersburg
    63. A record of St. Petersburg, 1
    64. A record of St. Petersburg, 2
    65. A record of St. Petersburg, 3
    66. A record of Northern Germany, first part
    67. A record of Denmark
    68. A record of Sweden, 1
    69. A record of Sweden, 2
    70. A record of northern Germany, second part, 1
    71. A record of northern Germany, second part, 2
    72. A record of southern Germany
    73. A survey of Italy
    74. A record of Florence
    75. A record of Rome, 1
    76. A record of Rome, 2
    77. A record of Naples
    78. A record of Lombardy and Venice
    79. A survey of Austria
    80. Travels by rail in Austria, and a survey of Vienna
    81. A record of Vienna
    Volume V. Continental Europe, 3
    and the Voyage Home:
    82. The Vienna universal exposition, 1
    83. The Vienna universal exposition, 2
    84. A record of Switzerland
    85. Switzerland's mountain scenery
    86. A record of Berne and Geneva
    87. A record of Lyons and Marseilles
    88. Spain and Portugal
    89. Political practices and customs in Europe
    90. European geography and transportation
    91. The climate and agriculture of Europe
    92. European industry
    93. European commercial enterprise
    94. The voyage through the Mediterranean
    95. The voyage through the Red Sea
    96. The voyage through the Arabian Sea
    97. A record of the island of Ceylon
    98. The voyage through the Bay of Bengal
    99. The voyage through the China Sea
    100. A record of Hong Kong and Shanghai.

  • Author

    Kume Kunitake


    Chushichi Tsuzuki, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo

    R. Jules Young

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