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This abridgement of the unique journal of Francis Hall, America's leading business pioneer in nineteenth-century Japan, offers a remarkable view of the period leading to the Meiji Restoration. An upstate New York book dealer, Hall went to Japan in 1859 to collect material for a book on the country and to serve as correspondent for Horace Greely's New York Tribune. Seeing the opportunities for commerce in Yokohama, he helped found Walsh, Hall, and Co., an institution that became one of the most important American trading houses in Japan. Hall was a shrewd businessman, but also a perceptive recorder of life around him. Privately preserved for more than a hundred years, this document shows Hall to have been an astute observer and story-teller as well as an influential opinion-maker in the United States during the crucial decade of the American Civil War and the end of the Tokugawa Shogunate. While contemporary American and British diplomatic accounts have focused on the official record, Hall reveals the private side of life in the treaty port. The publication of his journal, now in abridged form for the student and general reader, furnishes us with an insightful and sensitive portrayal of Japan on the eve of modernity.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780813338675
ISBN-10: 0813338670
Format: Paperback
(254mm x 178mm x 25mm)
Pages: 480
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 20-Mar-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - F. G. Notehelfer

Fred G. Notehelfer is professor of history and director of the Center for Japanese Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. His books include Kotoku Shusui: Portrait of a Japanese Radical and American Samurai: Captain L.L. Janes and Japan. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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