The Americans in Japan; An Abridgement of the Government Narrative of the U. S. Expedition to Japan, Under Commodore Perry

The Americans in Japan; An Abridgement of the Government Narrative of the U. S. Expedition to Japan, Under Commodore Perry

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1857 edition. Excerpt: ...war; and in relating, during an interview with Napoleon, at St. Helena, his experiences of travel, startled that great soldier with GOVERNMENT.-209 this unique characteristic of the Lew Chewans, which drew from him, as he shrugged his shoulders, the remark, "No wars; it is impossible!" Hall's state-. ment would seem to be confirmed by the apparent absence of all arms or ammunition, or even the rudest weapons of attack or defence, such as bows and arrows. The ruins of fortresses and the walled _dofences of Sheudi, however, seem to indicate that the island has not always enjoyed this blessed condition of peace, and the Japanese histories record the fact of ancient intestine and foreign wars. The government of Lew Chew seems to be an absolute despotism, with a system of administration like that of Japan, to which the island is tributary. The present king is said to be a youth of some eleven years of age, under the immediate personal guardianship of a queen mother, while his government, during the minority, is delegated to a regency, composed of a regent and three chief ofiicers, entitled pe--c/tings, or treasurers. As the policy of the government is to keep all foreigners in an absolute ignorance of its character, and as every kind of deception is resorted to for the purpose, it is difficult to acquire a full knowledge of its nature. The very existence of a young king is doubted, since from the time of the first visit of Basil Hall, nearly forty years ago, to that of Commodore Pcrry, the same story has been told about the minority of the ruling prince, and unless he is endowed with perpetual childhood, or there has been a succession of juvenile kings, it is difiicult to reconcile the experiences of the various travellers...show more

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  • Paperback | 106 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 204g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236742923
  • 9781236742926