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Mori Arinori's Life and Resources in America : Studies of Modern Japan - Mori Arinori

Mori Arinori's Life and Resources in America

Studies of Modern Japan

By: Mori Arinori, John E. Van Sant (Editor), Akira Iriye (Foreword by)

Paperback Published: December 2003
ISBN: 9780739107935
Number Of Pages: 206

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"Mori Arinori's Life and Resources in America was written by the young, educated, ex-sarnurai the Japanese government selected as its first diplomatic representative in the United States. Originally published in English in Washington, D.C., in 1871, this book sheds much light on the shape of an American society, government, and economy recovering from the Civil War. Like earlier philosopher-tourists (Alexis de Tocqueville, Harriet Martineau), Mori understands the United States as a stage upon which an important experiment in democracy, pluralism, and liberalism is unfolding. Life and Resources in America is distinct for its view from the Restoration period and by a non-European observer. Historian John E. Van Sant has annotated and lightly edited this uniquely illuminating text, making it readily accessible to the contemporary audience it deserves."

This is one of the few studies of the United States written by a non-Westerner, and Mori's observations of a country in transformation, having only shortly before emerged from civil war, are invaluable. Through this wide-ranging examination of American politics, economics, education, religion, and society the reader is also able to see factors influential to Mori's early qualified liberalism.--David G. Wittner, Utica College

Note on Japanese Names
Introduction: East Meets West: Mori Arinori and the Formative Years of United States-Japan Relations
Mori Arinori's Life and Resources in America
Preliminary Note
Introductionp. 1
Official and Political Lifep. 5
Life among the Farmers and Plantersp. 15
Commercial Life and Developmentsp. 31
Life among the Mechanicsp. 43
Religious Life and Institutionsp. 51
Life in the Factoriesp. 71
Educational Life and Institutionsp. 83
Literary, Artistic, and Scientific Lifep. 95
Life among the Minersp. 107
Life in the Army and Navyp. 115
Life in the Leading Citiesp. 121
Frontier Life and Developmentsp. 131
Judicial Lifep. 137
Final Thoughts on Americap. 141
"Religious Freedom in Japan"p. 143
"The Religious Charter of the Empire of Dai Nippon"p. 151
Selected Bibliographyp. 153
Indexp. 157
About the Editorp. 163
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ISBN: 9780739107935
ISBN-10: 0739107933
Series: Studies of Modern Japan
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 206
Published: December 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 12.7  x 1.19
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Type: Annotated