The Re-Shaping of the Far East Volume . 2

The Re-Shaping of the Far East Volume . 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...the Yalu carrying succour to a vassal state; but they were not able to avert the ruin which overtook the peninsula owing to the frightful nature of the fighting between the Japanese and the Koreans. Such intercourse as then existed between the Chinese and the Japanese was carried on almost entirely between South China and the island of Kiushiu by means of Chinese trading junks, and it was these vessels which bore the first Portuguese adventurers to the Japanese isles three and a half centuries ago. Even in those old days, however, Chinese writers speak with a wholesome fear of the sharpness of Japanese swords, of the resolution and soldierly virtues of the adventurers who occasionally sailed over from Kiushiu and raided the coasts of southern provinces, such as Fukhien and Chehkian. Gradually Chinese traders found their way to Japan in ever increasing numbers, and began the flourishing trade which now exists between the two Empires. In this way a considerable number of Chinese reached and settled in the rich city of Osaka, and it is said to this day that the Osaka men owe their superiority in commercial matters and their inferiority in fighting to the large admixture of Southern Chinese blood found in their veins. The opening up of Japan by the Perry expedition was destined to inaugurate a new era in ChinoJapanese relations. The Chinese still affected a hearty contempt for the we-jen or dwarfs of the Japanese islands; but their traders, however much their government might affect to despise such neighbours, were too good business men not to avail themselves of the opportunities presented by the opening of new markets. Just as it was from India, and mainly through the efforts of British merchants interested in the Indian trade, that China was...show more

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  • Paperback | 134 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 254g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236636406
  • 9781236636409