The Mikado's Empire (volume 1); Book 1. History Of Japan From 660 B. C. To 1872 A. D: book 1…

Paperback | February 3, 2012

byWilliam Elliot Griffis

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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. 1913. Excerpt: ... seem to imply that the bombardment of Kagoshima was the paramount cause that impelled Japan to adopt the foreign civilization. Much, also, has been said and written in praise of Japan for her abolition of the feudal system by a " stroke of the pen," and thus "achieving in one day what it required Europe centuries to accomplish." An outsider, whose knowledge of Dai Nippon is derived from our old text-books and cyclopedias, or from non-resident book-makers, may be so far dazed as to imagine the Japanese demi-gods in statecraft, even as the American newspapers make them all princes. To the writer, who has lived in a daimio's capital before, during, and after the abolition of feudalism, the comparison suggests the reason why the Irish recruit cut off the leg instead of the head of his enemy. Long before its abolition, Japanese feudalism was ready for its grave. The overthrow of the shogun left it a headless trunk. To cut off its legs and bury it was easy, and in reality this was what the mikado's Government did, as I shall show. As it would be vain to attempt to comprehend our own late civil war by beginning at Sumter, or even with the Compromise measures of 1851; so one will be misled who, in attempting to understand the Japan of to-day, looks only at events since Perry's time. The roots of the momentous growth of 1868 are to be found within the past centuries. Yoritomo's acts were in reality the culmination of a long series of usurpations, begun by the Taira. Under the plea of military necessity, he had become an arch-usurper. In the period 1184-1199 A.d. began that dual system of government which has been the political puzzle of the world; which neither Kaempfer, nor the Deshima Hollanders, nor the Portuguese Jesuits seem ever to have fully understood; whi...

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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. 1913. Excerpt: ... seem to imply that the bombardment of Kagoshima was the paramount cause that impelled Japan to adopt the foreign civilization....

Format:PaperbackDimensions:118 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.25 inPublished:February 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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