Russian Views of Japan, 1792-1913: An Anthology of Travel Writing

1st Edition

David N. Wells

Routledge
Published August 14, 2009
Reference - 216 Pages
ISBN 9780415546171 - CAT# Y102352
Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

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Summary

Before Japan was 'opened up' in the 1850s, contact with Russia as well as other western maritime nations was extremely limited. Yet from the early eighteenth century onwards, as a result of their expanding commercial interests in East Asia and the North Pacific, Russians had begun to encounter Japanese and were increasingly eager to establish diplomatic and trading relations with Japan. This book presents rare narratives written by Russians, including official envoys, scholars and, later, tourists, who visited Japan between 1792 and 1913. The introduction and notes set these narratives in the context of the history of Russo-Japanese relations and the genre of European travel writing, showing how the Russian writers combined ethnographic interests with the assertion of Russian and European values, simultaneously inscribing power relations and negotiating cultural difference.

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