Breaking Open Japan: Commodore Perry, Lord Abe, and American Imperialism in 1853

Breaking Open Japan: Commodore Perry, Lord Abe, and American Imperialism in 1853

George Feifer


On July 14, 1853, the 4 warships of America's East Asia Squadron made for Kurihama, 30 miles south of the japanese capital, then known as Edo. It had come to pry open Japan after her and a part centuries of isolation and approximately a decade of excessive making plans by means of Matthew Perry, the squadron commander. The spoils of the new Mexican Spanish–American conflict had whetted a robust American urge for food for utilizing her hovering wealth and tool for advertisement and political advantage.

Perry's cloaking of imperial impulse in humanitarian objective was once absolutely matched by way of jap self–deception. excessive one of the country's articles of religion used to be walk in the park of its defense through heavenly strength. A unique eastern student argued in 1811 that "Japanese vary thoroughly from and are enhanced to the peoples of...all different nations of the world."

So all started one in all history's maximum political and cultural clashes.

In Breaking Open Japan, George Feifer makes this drama new and suitable for at the present time. At its middle have been ambitious males: Perry and Lord Masahiro Abe, the political mastermind and actual authority in the back of the Emperor and the Shogun. Feifer provides us a desirable account of "sealed off" Japan and exhibits that Perry's competitive dealing with of his venture had a ways attaining effects for Japan – and the USA – good into the 20th if no longer twenty–first century.

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