A Yankee in Hokkaido

A Yankee in Hokkaido : The Life of William Smith Clark

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William Smith Clark was in Hokkaido for only eight months but, as John Maki's fascinating biography shows, his influence has endured. A Yankee in Hokkaido places Clark's appointment to oversee the creation of the Sapporo Agricultural College within the context of the Meiji era's drive to modernize and Westernize Japan and to settle the island of Hokkaido. Maki recounts how Clark inspired his Japanese contemporaries with an idealistic vision of the future born in the United States of the late nineteenth century; with agricultural expertise and pedagogical initiatives; and with his devotion to the moral development of his students-men who would later number among the leaders of modern Japan. The work also offers the reader an intimate portrait of this extraordinary citizen of Massachusetts from childhood through Civil War action to the founding and running of the Massachusetts Agricultural College, known today as the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.show more

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  • Hardback | 328 pages
  • 147.3 x 215.9 x 30.5mm | 385.56g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • bibliography, index
  • 0739104179
  • 9780739104170

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Well researched and poignantly written, Maki's memorable biography provides fresh insight into the enduring popularity of Clark and his seminal contribution to modern Japan. -- Brett L. Walker, Montana State University, from the forewordshow more

About John M. Maki

John M. Maki is Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He has taught at the University of Washington and the Unviersity of Massachusetts. He was granted an honorary LL.D. from Hokkaido University in 1976 and in 1983 was awarded the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Third Class.show more

Table of contents

Part 1 Foreword Part 2 Preface Chapter 3 The Man and the Families Chapter 4 The Making of an Academician Chapter 5 The Civil War: An Interlude Chapter 6 Massachusetts Agricultural College Chapter 7 The Road to Hokkaido Chapter 8 Sapporo Agricultural College Chapter 9 The Work of Three Men Chapter 10 Voyage Home Chapter 11 From MAC to the Floating College Chapter 12 "Clark & Bothwell" Chapter 13 Death and Heritageshow more

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