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Copyright Date: 2009
Published by: Harvard University Press
Pages: 216
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    Book Description:

    Joshua Fogel offers an incisive historical look at Sino-Japanese relations from three different perspectives. Introducing the concept of "Sinosphere" to capture the nature of Sino-foreign relations both spatially and temporally, Fogel presents an original and thought-provoking study on the long, complex relationship between China and Japan.

    eISBN: 978-0-674-05382-3
    Subjects: History, Political Science

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-x)
  3. Introduction
    (pp. 1-6)

    I have argued over the last thirty years that a full understanding of either China or Japan requires bringing the other into account.¹ In the three essays that this volume comprises I try to demonstrate that claim by using three distinctive approaches to history. The first essay takes a macro-historical look at the full run of Sino-Japanese relations from high antiquity and the earliest material evidence we have for them. It looks at long-term trends and builds a periodization for this history from the first century C.E. through the middle of the nineteenth. The second essay adopts the opposite approach...

  4. CHAPTER 1 Sino-Japanese Relations: The Long View
    (pp. 7-50)

    This essay certainly does not intend to cover everything in Sino-Japanese relations from the Han dynasty through the modern period. Because of the greater volume of sources for the later period, it will of necessity devote more attention to more recent centuries. I do, however, believe strongly that some serious attention to the full run of the relationship between the two countries is highly instructive, if not essential. Because much that is said about the modern relationship between China and Japan is seen through the decidedly unhappy experiences of World War II, I would like to offer a corrective to...

  5. CHAPTER 2 The Voyage of the Senzaimaru and the Road to Sino-Japanese Diplomatic Normalcy: A Micro-Historical Perspective
    (pp. 51-66)

    This essay is part of an ongoing micro-historical research project on the first official meeting of Chinese and Japanese in the modern era, the voyage of theSenzaimaruto Shanghai in 1862. This ship was sent from Nagasaki by the Tokugawa shogunate, through the good offices of the Nagasakibugyo(Magistrate), the highest-ranking foreign relations official in thebakufu, to Shanghai in the late spring of that year in an effort to see what was going on in the wider world of international relations and to try to broach the topic with the Chinese authorities of re-establishing bilateral ties. This...

  6. CHAPTER 3 The Japanese Community of Shanghai: The First Generation, 1862–95
    (pp. 67-100)

    While the first essay in this volume described the long history of Sino-Japanese relations through the early nineteenth century, the second examined the various bilateral and international forces at work as late Edo Japan approached Qing China in an effort to restart diplomatic relations on the basis of a Western-derived system that flattered itself with the appellation of “international law.” The latter events took place in the city of Shanghai, and it is there that this essay will look more closely at the development of the Japanese expatriate community during its first generation, roughly contemporaneous with the period from the...

  7. APPENDIX A: Japanese Embassies to the Tang Court
    (pp. 101-108)
  8. APPENDIX B: Japanese Embassies to the Ming Court
    (pp. 109-114)
  9. Glossary
    (pp. 115-126)
  10. Notes
    (pp. 127-158)
  11. Bibliography
    (pp. 159-196)
  12. Index
    (pp. 197-206)