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Mutsu Munemitsu and his time

By: Hisahiko, Okazaki.
Contributor(s): Makito, Noda [Translator].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Japan library. Publisher: Tokyo Japan Publishing Industry Foundation for Culture (JPIC) 2018Description: 350 p.: ill. Includes references.ISBN: 9784866580258.Subject(s): Japan | Diplomatic relations | Diplomats | Mutsu - Munemitsu - 1844-1897DDC classification: 327.2092 Summary: This book traces the footsteps of modern Japan’s diplomacy by reviewing the extraordinary philosophical and political journey of 19th century Japan’s top diplomat Mutsu Munemitsu who protected the dignity of Japan as a modern nation throughout his professional life. Toward the end of the Tokugawa shogunate (1603–1867), Mutsu Munemitsu was ousted from his home in Kishu-han, present-day Wakayama and southern Mie Prefectures, as a result of his father’s defeat in a power struggle. His family was stripped of their former privileges and forced into a life of vagrancy. Having suffered this trauma at a young age, Mutsu bolstered his talent to become a man of “talent and learning in equal measure. “While in his youth, he joined the Kobe Naval Training Center founded by Katsu Kaishu (the “father” of the modern Japanese Imperial Navy) and, later, Kaientai, a trading and shipping company and private navy founded and managed by Sakamoto Ryoma (a revolutionary who helped overthrow the Tokugawa Shogunate). Through this experience, he was able to see the developing conditions from the West and became a diplomat immediately after the establishment of the Meiji government. During the Meiji era, Mutsu fully exercised his extraordinary ability, including becoming the Japanese ambassador to the United States, establishing formal diplomatic relations with Mexico, and working to revise unequal treaties with Western powers as foreign minister. In his last days, he scrambled to end the First Sino-Japanese War (1894-95); his efforts resulted in the signing of the Treaty of Shimonoseki with favorable terms for Japan. Not only can readers gain insight into the progression of Mutsu’s life and the social, economic, and political conditions in Japan around the time of the Meiji Restoration; but also gain a deeper understanding of Japan’s position on the world stage after coming out of over 200 years of isolation, the ensuing diplomatic hardships, and the various challenges therein. https://japanlibrary.japantimes.co.jp/history/mutsu-munemitsu-and-his-time/
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The original book was published in the Japanese language as Mutsu Munemitsu to sono jidai in 2003

Table of contents

Father and son : at the apex of eighteenth-century culture
Date Munehiro in exile (Jitoku-ō) : intellectual pilgrimage of an Edo dignitary
Meiji restoration : into the age of revolution and gun smoke
Giant wings broken : the rise and fall of a Prussian-style military state
A bush warbler in winter : involved in Tosa's adventure
Burning the midnight oil again : study during imprisonment
Burning the midnight oil a third time : in a Prussian-style constitution appropriate?
The origins of Japanese democracy : building a modern nation-state
The dawn of constitutional government : a Samurai democracy to be proud of
First setback for the parliamentary democracy : bloody intervention in the election
Revision of treaties : freedom from half a century of humiliation
Rivalry on the Korean Peninsula : one imperialism vs. another
The Donghak peasant rebellion : is Korea a tributary to Qing China?
The eve of the first Sino-Japanese War : tenacity
A war of diplomacy : keeping the Western powers at bay
The Battle of Pungdo : dawn of an empire
Japan sails to victory : China's strategic dilemma
The final phase of the ware : a race against time
The treaty of Shimonoseki : Li Hongzhang in Japan
The Tripartite Intervention : an unavoidable concession
Mutsu's death : fighting for democracy to the last.

This book traces the footsteps of modern Japan’s diplomacy by reviewing the extraordinary philosophical and political journey of 19th century Japan’s top diplomat Mutsu Munemitsu who protected the dignity of Japan as a modern nation throughout his professional life.
Toward the end of the Tokugawa shogunate (1603–1867), Mutsu Munemitsu was ousted from his home in Kishu-han, present-day Wakayama and southern Mie Prefectures, as a result of his father’s defeat in a power struggle. His family was stripped of their former privileges and forced into a life of vagrancy. Having suffered this trauma at a young age, Mutsu bolstered his talent to become a man of “talent and learning in equal measure. “While in his youth, he joined the Kobe Naval Training Center founded by Katsu Kaishu (the “father” of the modern Japanese Imperial Navy) and, later, Kaientai, a trading and shipping company and private navy founded and managed by Sakamoto Ryoma (a revolutionary who helped overthrow the Tokugawa Shogunate). Through this experience, he was able to see the developing conditions from the West and became a diplomat immediately after the establishment of the Meiji government.
During the Meiji era, Mutsu fully exercised his extraordinary ability, including becoming the Japanese ambassador to the United States, establishing formal diplomatic relations with Mexico, and working to revise unequal treaties with Western powers as foreign minister. In his last days, he scrambled to end the First Sino-Japanese War (1894-95); his efforts resulted in the signing of the Treaty of Shimonoseki with favorable terms for Japan.
Not only can readers gain insight into the progression of Mutsu’s life and the social, economic, and political conditions in Japan around the time of the Meiji Restoration; but also gain a deeper understanding of Japan’s position on the world stage after coming out of over 200 years of isolation, the ensuing diplomatic hardships, and the various challenges therein.

https://japanlibrary.japantimes.co.jp/history/mutsu-munemitsu-and-his-time/

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