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Description - The American Merchant Experience in Nineteenth Century Japan by MR Kevin C Murphy

The story of the western intrusion into East Asia in the 19th century is one of general economic, political, religious and technological expansion that characterized the mid to late 19th century. Politically, the situation to which American merchants came, was one of 'classic' imperialism where stronger western powers forced Japan to accept 'unequal' treaties intended to insure mercantile advantages to western nations. This book explores commercial interaction in the treaty ports by looking explicitly at the question of how successful American businessmen were in turning their formal, political imperial advantages into actual business hegemony, personal and national. The book argues that American merchants in Japan were products of a Victorian culture, ambiguously but deeply concerned with order and opportunity, restraint and dominance, conservatism and progress. In seeking to impose the culturally familiar upon the unknown and foreboding landscape of Japan, they defined the limitations of American business in Japan. This is the first book-length work that deals with the largest group of Americans in 19th century Japan and is intended for those interested in US-Japan relations, US business history, 19th century US cultural and diplomatic history, and Meiji Japan.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415296830
ISBN-10: 0415296838
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: RoutledgeCurzon
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 7-Nov-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - MR Kevin C Murphy

Kevin Murphy is chair of the Department of History at Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois.