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Negotiating with Imperialism: The Unequal Treaties and the Culture of Japanese Diplomacy

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Japan's modern international history began in 1858 with the signing of the "unequal" commercial treaty with the United States. Over the next fifteen years, Japanese diplomacy was reshaped to respond to the Western imperialist challenge. Negotiating with Imperialism is the first book to explain the emergence of modern Japan through this early period of treaty relations.

Michael Auslin dispels the myth that the Tokugawa bakufu was diplomatically incompetent. Refusing to surrender to the West's power, bakufu diplomats employed negotiation as a weapon to defend Japan's interests. Tracing various visions of Japan's international identity, Auslin examines the evolution of the culture of Japanese diplomacy. Further, he demonstrates the limits of nineteenth-century imperialist power by examining the responses of British, French, and American diplomats. After replacing the Tokugawa in 1868, Meiji leaders initially utilized bakufu tactics. However, their 1872 failure to revise the treaties led them to focus on domestic reform as a way of maintaining independence and gaining equality with the West.

In a compelling analysis of the interplay among assassinations, Western bombardment of Japanese cities, fertile cultural exchange, and intellectual discovery, Auslin offers a persuasive reading of the birth of modern Japan and its struggle to determine its future relations with the world.

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Negotiating with Imperialism is the first book to explain the emergence of modern Japan through the early period of treaty relations that began in 1858 with the signing of the "unequal" commercial treaty with the United States. In a compelling analysis of the interplay among assassinations, Western bombardment of Japanese cities and fertile cultural and intellectual exchange, Auslin offers a persuasive reading of the birth of modern Japan and its struggle to determine its future relations with the world.

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2005 Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Publication, Yale College

About the Author

Michael R. Auslinis Assistant Professor of History at <>Yale University.

Table of Contents

Author's Note

Introduction

1. The Style and Substance of Treaty-Making

2. Negotiating Space: The Meaning of Yokohama

3. Negotiating Time: The Postponement Strategy

4. The Limits of Negotiation: Expulsion and Gunboats

5. New Horizons: Tariffs and Translations

6. Rethinking Negotiation: Moving toward Revision

7. Negotiating the Future: The Iwakura Mission in America and Britain

Conclusion

Appendix 1: Treaties of Friendship and Commerce Signed by the Tokugawa Bakufu and the Meiji Government

Appendix 2: Key Japanese and Western Diplomats

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674022270
Author:
Auslin, Michael
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Author:
Auslin, Michael R.
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Asia - Japan
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Political History
Subject:
Modern - 19th Century
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
International Relations - Treaties
Subject:
World History-Japan
Subject:
History, Modern -- 19th century.
Subject:
Political Science-International Relations - Treaties
Copyright:
Publication Date:
September 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 halftones, 1 line illustration, 3 maps
Pages:
276
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Asia » Japan » Modern 1868 to 1945
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Foreign Policy
History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present
History and Social Science » World History » Japan
Science and Mathematics » Biology » Evolution

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"Synopsis" by , Negotiating with Imperialism is the first book to explain the emergence of modern Japan through the early period of treaty relations that began in 1858 with the signing of the "unequal" commercial treaty with the United States. In a compelling analysis of the interplay among assassinations, Western bombardment of Japanese cities and fertile cultural and intellectual exchange, Auslin offers a persuasive reading of the birth of modern Japan and its struggle to determine its future relations with the world.
"Synopsis" by , 2005 Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Publication, Yale College
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