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By Kevin C. Murphy

ISBN-10: 0415296838

ISBN-13: 9780415296830

American retailers confirmed buying and selling agencies within the ports of Yokohama, Kobe and Nagasaki which operated from 1859-1899 until eventually the repeal of the Unequal Treaties. participants of a privileged, semi-colonial group, the retailers shaped the most important crew of american citizens in nineteenth century Japan. during this first book-length remedy of this staff, Kevin Murphy explores their interactions with the japanese within the treaty port procedure, how the japanese management manipulated them to its personal ends, and the way the retailers themselves outlined the constraints of yank enterprise in Japan via their ambiguous yet deep problem with order and chance, restraint and dominance, and conservatism and dominance.

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But it is not likely that they will change their ways. 24 Another response to Perry’s visit and Harris’ treaty in 1858 was an intensification of the sonno-joi movement (“revere the emperor and repel the barbarian”). Sonno-joi had immediate consequences for the newly-forming merchant community at Yokohama in the late 1850s and early 1860s. The “shishi”, often referred to as “men of high purpose”, were mainly lower samurai, and political extremists, many of whom argued for immediately driving out the foreigners.

S. or in Europe to which they reported. The company compounds were extensive affairs. Schultze, Reis and Company occupied lot number 8 in Kobe on the bund, an area 225 feet by 95 feet. On it was a house measuring 60 feet by 67 feet on the first floor of which was a general office, private office, “tea room”, banto’s93 office, dining room, parlor, pantry, and wine and china closets, fronted by a verandah. Upstairs were four bedrooms, each 20 feet by 28 feet, and four bathrooms. To the east of the house was an area with trees and shrubs, and servants’ quarters with a brick kitchen attached nearly abutted the house on the north.

S. consular court. Sloos continued in business in Kobe, but was unable to avoid further clashes with the law. In 1876, Japanese police—one of whom he struck and “kicked in the head”— apprehended Sloos in Osaka, where, while extremely drunk, he was “chasing Japanese”. S. authorities transported Sloos back to Kobe in handcuffs, imprisoned him for ninety days and FROM FRENZY TO INSECURITY 31 fined him fifty dollars, which by then he could not pay. 65 Another such man was George Lake of Massachusetts.

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