Mori Arinori's Life and Resources in America

Mori Arinori's Life and Resources in America

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Mori Arinori's Life and Resources in America sheds much light on the shape of an American society, government, and economy recovering from the Civil War. This book-originally published in English in Washington, D.C., in 1871-was written by Japan's first diplomatic representative in the United States. Historian John E. Van Sant has edited, annotated, and introduced this uniquely illuminating text, making it readily accessible to the contemporary audience it more

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  • Paperback | 206 pages
  • 152 x 226 x 18mm | 322.05g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • New.
  • 0739107933
  • 9780739107935

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This is one of the few studies of the United States written by a non-Westerner, and Mori's observations of a country in transformation, having only shortly before emerged from civil war, are invaluable. Through this wide-ranging examination of American politics, economics, education, religion, and society the reader is also able to see factors influential to Mori's early qualified liberalism. -- David G. Wittner, Utica College In the spirit of Tocqueville, Mori's observations of politics, industry, and customs in Reconstruction America are evocative and trenchant. Van Sant makes accessible a valuable perspective on early U.S.-Japan encounters. -- Joseph M. Henning, Saint Vincent College; author of Outposts of Civilization: Race, Religion, and the Formative Years of American-Japanese Relation Professor John E. Van Sant does an excellent job of shedding light on Mori Arinori, who contributed to establishing a solid U.S.-Japan relationship in its formative years. I highly recommend this book. -- Yone Sugita, Osaka University of Foreign Studies Mori Arinori's Life and Resources in America is a remarkable series of 1871 interpretive snapshots of postbellum American culture taken by Japan's first resident diplomat to the United States. Written self-consciously to inspire a young Meiji audience, this book seeks to quarry solid resources out of the American experience to lay a foundation for the construction of the new Japan. It is a uniquely Japanese reading of America both in its honesty and its naivete. -- Roger T. Ames, Professor of Philosophy, University of Hawaii Highly Recommended. CHOICE At a time when the United States government is sponsoring expensive surveys of what foreigners think of us, it is fascinating to read the first sizeable Japanese account of America. Mori Arinori produced a description of the country on the cusp of the Gilded Age that fascinates for both its outsider's view and what it says about emerging Meiji Japan. John Van Sant's introduction puts the author and his nation into perspective and Akira Iriye provides a succinct, insightful foreword. -- Roger Daniels, University of Cincinnatishow more

About Mori Arinori

John E. Van Sant is Associate Professor of History at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. He is the author of Pacific Pioneers: Japanese Journeys to America and Hawaii, 1850-1880 (2000).show more

Table of contents

Part 1 East Meets West: Mori Arinori and the Formative Years of U.S.-Japan Relations Part 2 Life and Resources in America Chapter 3 Introduction Chapter 4 Official and Political Life Chapter 5 Life among the Farmers and Planters Chapter 6 Commercial Life and Developments Chapter 7 Life among the Mechanics Chapter 8 Religious Life and Institutions Chapter 9 Life in the Factories Chapter 10 Educational Life and Institutions Chapter 11 Literary, Artistic, and Scientific Life Chapter 12 Life among the Miners Chapter 13 Life in the Army and Navy Chapter 14 Life in the Leading Cities Chapter 15 Frontier Life and Developments Chapter 16 Judicial Life Part 17 Religious Freedom in Japan Part 18 The Religious Charter of the Empire of Dai Nipponshow more