How Queen Victoria's Royal Navy helped Japan
move from† feudalism and join
the modern community of nations
is nearing completion!
short years from 1853 to 1868, Japan's collision with the countries of Europe
and America destroyed the old feudal system and replaced it with an embryonic
democracy under the benevolent eye of the Emperor. Here is the fascinating and
at times, bloody, story of those years.
why the Emperor was - and is - revered by the Japanese.
out how the shōguns had taken power from the
why many Japanese resented the Treaties they had signed with the West.
the enthusiastic and frequently dishonest trade between rapacious
merchantsóJapanese and Westernóin the fledgling port of Yokohama.
how the brutal death of a young Englishman was the start of decisive
action by the Royal Navy.
how the straights of Shimonoseki were kept open by a great punitive
expedition by western gunboats under Royal Naval command.
calm diplomacy on both sides leading to the normalisation of relations
between Japan and the West and the establishment of friendly trading and
Above all, enter into the
heady ferment of the bakumatsu as two great worldviews clash.
The latest version of the book's dustjacket
is here. Have a look!