A History of Japan, 1582-1941: Internal and External Worlds by L. M. Cullen

By L. M. Cullen

Delivering a particular evaluation of the pressures liable for the emergence of contemporary Japan, Louis Cullen rejects the conventional limitations of jap historiography and combines monetary, social, and political ways to create a robust research. Cullen stories the japanese event of growth, social transition, business progress, fiscal hindrance and struggle, to offer an island kingdom that could be a transforming into business strength with little belief of its around the world context.

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The shogun, only twenty years old, died on 29 August 1866, and the emperor unexpectedly a bare five months later. The new shogun Yoshinobu was a young and forceful man who unwisely had backed those in the shogunate who favoured a crackdown on dissentient han, and he 16 A History of Japan, 1582–1941 also pushed strongly for shogunal control of the revenues which would accrue in Osaka. The death of the emperor, who was sensitive to the many preoccupations of han, meant his replacement by a young and inexperienced emperor who would be malleable in the hands of a forceful shogunate.

There is a very solid analysis in English by R. P. Toby, State and diplomacy in early modern Japan: Asia in the development of the Tokugawa bakufu (Stanford, 1991). Naikaku bunko, Tokyo, Tsuk ¯ o¯ ichiran. It was published in 1913, and reprinted in more recent times. On the origins of Nagasaki, see Diego Pacheco, ‘The founding of the port of Nagasaki and its cession to the Society of Jesus’, Monumenta nipponica, vol. 25, nos. 303–23. Japan and its Chinese and European worlds, 1582–1689 33 the main centre of the silk trade, and the Portuguese usually provided more silk than Chinese traders and red-seal ships combined.

Hence loyalism to the shogun wavered. Again, as in 1858, deaths triggered development. The shogun, only twenty years old, died on 29 August 1866, and the emperor unexpectedly a bare five months later. The new shogun Yoshinobu was a young and forceful man who unwisely had backed those in the shogunate who favoured a crackdown on dissentient han, and he 16 A History of Japan, 1582–1941 also pushed strongly for shogunal control of the revenues which would accrue in Osaka. The death of the emperor, who was sensitive to the many preoccupations of han, meant his replacement by a young and inexperienced emperor who would be malleable in the hands of a forceful shogunate.

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