In this book a distinguished historian of Japan discusses Japan's "cultural borrowing" from America and Europe. W.G. Beasley focuses on the mid-nineteenth century, when Japan's rulers dispatched diplomatic missions to the West to discover what Japan needed to learn, sent students to learn it, and invited foreign experts to Japan to help put the knowledge to practical use.
Japan and China - Trade and tribute missions, Cultural borrowing; Barbarian Books - The rejection of Christianity Dutch studies, The military dimension; Unequal Treaties - The foreign policy debate, Western studies and military reform; The Mission to America, 1860 - Diplomatic travels, The voyage of Kanrin Maru; The Mission to Europe, 1862 - The mission's instructions, Europe observed, Investigating and reporting; Envoys and Industry, 1865-67 - Edo and France, Satsuma and economic opportunity, The Paris Exposition; The First Japanese Students Overseas, 1862-68 - Bakufu students, Domain students; From Tokugawa to Meiji - Western advice and Japanese bureaucrats, Students and other travellers; The Iwakura Embassy, 1871-1873 - Plans, Travels Reports; The Fruits of Experience I - Later Careers: Tokugawa envoys and students, Travellers from the domains before 1868, Early Meiji travellers; The Fruits of Experience II - Policies and Ideas: Wealth and Strength, The nature of society; Conclusion - Japan and the West.
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