Mori Arinori's Life and Resources in America

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Lexington Books, 2004 - 163 páginas
'Mori notes, 'Where men think that they know everything, and boast of their superior wisdom, the presumption is that they have yet much to learn.' . . . [T]oday's readers, whether in the United States, in Japan, or elsewhere, who may think they already know so much about the subject, will find much of value in Life and Resources in America.' --Akira Iriye, Harvard University, from the foreword Mori Arinori's Life and Resources in America was written by the young, educated ex-samurai 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 such as Alexis de Tocqueville and 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 Reconstruction 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.
 

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Contenido

Official and Political Life
5
Life among the Farmers and Planters
15
Commercial Life and Developments
31
Life among the Mechanics
43
Religious Life and Institutions
51
Life in the Factories
69
Educational Life and Institutions
81
Literary Artistic and Scientific Life
93
Life in the Leading Cities
119
Frontier Life and Developments
129
Judicial Life
135
Final Thoughts on America1
139
Religious Freedom in Japan
141
The Religious Charter of the Empire of Dai Nippon
149
Selected Bibliography
151
Index
155

Life among the Miners
105
Life in the Army and Navy
113

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John E. Van Sant is Associate Professor of History at the University of Alabama--Birmingham. He is the author of Pacific Pioneers: Japanese Journeys to America and Hawaii, 1850-1880 (2000).

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