Japan through American Eyes: The Journal of Francis Hall, 1859-1866

Japan through American Eyes: The Journal of Francis Hall, 1859-1866

Japan through American Eyes: The Journal of Francis Hall, 1859-1866

Japan through American Eyes: The Journal of Francis Hall, 1859-1866

Synopsis

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. 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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