Studies in Historical and Political Science; Extra Volumes Volume 8

Studies in Historical and Political Science; Extra Volumes Volume 8

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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. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ...1861-2 being 50,500 piculs. The aristocracy could not look with favor upon the rise in the price of silk, they being the chief consumers of the commodity. A more serious disturbance of the trade, was the hostile attitude assumed by the ronin toward the native merchants dealing with foreigners.' Some silk merchants were driven from their houses, others were even killed. The paternal government issued, in 1860, a circular declaring that all merchandise must first be brought to Yedo, "to be there examined and approved for sale," before it can 'See London Economist, June 2-5, 1887. 'Cf. Commercial Relations, 1862, p. 603. ' 1 picul: 1333 lbs. av. 'Cf. Diplomatic Correspondence, 1864, p. 449. enter Yokohama. Three years later, alarmed at the scarcity of silk, it warned all merchants to "regard the future of Japan " and " act accordingly, for the benefit of the country at large." Silk was one of the two articles, the other being tea, which most attracted the attention of American merchants in Japan. But, until the Centennial Exhibition, it was an insignificant item of import. Of the whole quantity of raw silk ' imported into the United States, amounting to 10,000 bales annually, previous to the Centennial, only one-tenth came from Japan and Europe. For eight years previous to 1876, the annual average of the import of the Japan silk into the States was 97 bales, and in that year only 88 bales were sold in New York. The Exhibition served as an advertisement. The Doshin Silk Company seized the opportunity, and ever since the business has been of steady and healthy growth, until to-day Japan raw silk forms 50 per cent. of all the silk consumed in the United States. From 88...show more

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  • Paperback | 66 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123697400X
  • 9781236974006