Contemporary Politics In The Far East

Paperback | January 31, 2012

byStanley Kuhl Hornbeck

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII JAPAN: THE EISE OF JAPAN AS A MODERN POWER The modern history of Japan begins in the sixteenth century. Not until 1542 did the first white men, Portuguese under Mendez Pinto, land on the soil of that isolated island realm. The newcomers brought with them guns, powder, cotton and tobacco. Seven years later Francis Xavier and his missionary band introduced the Bible. The Buddhist priests, traditionally tolerant, listened impassively to Xavier until his bigotry stirred them to the point of opposition, but he was helped on his way as he moved from place to place by the desire of the people for the trade which followed him. The dual system of government, a survival of many centuries, under which the Mikado, the legal and titular sovereign, remained in the seclusion of his palace at Kyoto, while the Shogun, the head of the military nobility, governed the country, prevailed at this time in all its significance. The last quartei of the sixteenth century saw the Ashikaga clan deposed from the shogunate and the control of the administration wrested from it by Nobunaga Oda, one of the greatest of Japan's warriors and statesmen. Nobunaga permitted the Christian missionaries to go on with their propaganda. His successor, Hideyoshi Toyotomi, the "Napoleon of Japan," was antagonized by the militant methods employed by the Jesuit priests, and in 1597 he authorized a general persecution of the Christians, who are estimated to have numbered by that time 300,000. In 1593 Franciscan and Dominican friars had begun to come from the Philippines and Spain, and their subsequent quarrels with the Jesuits soon antagonized the native rulers. About 1600 the first Dutch traders reached Japan. One of their vessels carried as its pilot an Englishman, Will Adams. Though neith...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII JAPAN: THE EISE OF JAPAN AS A MODERN POWER The modern history of Japan begins in the sixteenth century. Not until ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:126 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.27 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217461174

ISBN - 13:9780217461177

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