A Yankee in Meiji Japan: The Crusading Journalist Edward H. House
By: James L. Huffman (author)Hardback
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This unique book portrays the evolution of Meiji Japan through the life of crusading journalist Edward H. House (1836-1901). In chapters that alternate between history and biography, James Huffman, shows how one man bridged continents-shaping American attitudes, influencing Japan's movement toward modernity, and providing a contemporary critique of imperialism. Huffman also captures the human drama of House's life: his early bohemianism, the mystical way Japan drew him, the painful struggle with gout, the joy and torment of adopting a Japanese girl, his fight for women's education, and the vicissitudes of friendship with Mark Twain. Meticulously researched, the book draws on House's voluminous writings and on hundreds of letters between House and major figures in both America and Japan, including Mark Twain, U.S. Grant, John Russell Young, Edmund Clarence Stedman, Okuma Shigenobu, and Inoue Kaoru. With its lively, accessible prose and seamless interweaving of the life of House with the history of the Meiji era, this book will be welcomed by students, scholars, and general readers interested in modern Japanese history and in America's nineteenth-century foreign relations.
James L. Huffman is H. Orth Hirt Professor of History at Wittenberg University.
Chapter 1 1 Incident in Yokohama Harbor Chapter 2 2 The Prodigy: 1836-1870 Chapter 3 3 Japan to 1870: Dizzying Change Chapter 4 4 The Newcomer: 1870-1873 Chapter 5 5 Japan, 1870-1875: Consolidating Power Chapter 6 6 Writing for Japan: 1873-1876 Chapter 7 7 Japan, 1876-1881: Growing Pains Chapter 8 8 The Tokio Times-"That Naughty Yankee Boy": 1877-1880 Chapter 9 9 Japan, 1881-1885: The Outsiders Chapter 10 10 A Change in Course: 1880-1885 Chapter 11 11 Japan, 1885-1892: Imperial Constitutionalism Chapter 12 12 Interesting Times: 1886-1892 Chapter 13 13 Japan, 1893-1901: Modernity-And All That Meant Chapter 14 14 Evening Years: 1892-1901 Chapter 15 15 Epilogue
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