American Merchant Experience in 19th Century Japan by Kevin C. Murphy

By Kevin C. Murphy

American retailers tested buying and selling organisations within the ports of Yokohama, Kobe and Nagasaki which operated from 1859-1899 till the repeal of the Unequal Treaties. participants of a privileged, semi-colonial neighborhood, the retailers shaped the most important team of usa citizens in nineteenth century Japan. during this first book-length therapy of this crew, Kevin Murphy explores their interactions with the japanese within the treaty port method, how the japanese management manipulated them to its personal ends, and the way the retailers themselves outlined the restrictions of yankee enterprise in Japan via their ambiguous yet deep quandary with order and chance, restraint and dominance, and conservatism and dominance.

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The most notable killing was that of Charles Richardson, an English merchant from Shanghai, who refused to give way on a public thoroughfare to a Satsuma daimyo procession and was hacked to death by members of the daimyo’s retinue in September, 1862. Though such attacks diminished in frequency—they had nearly ceased by the early 1870s—their frequency in the early years was enough to create an atmosphere of tension and foreboding in the foreign settlement. 27 But murderous attacks were not limited to zealous Japanese.

Others went west “driven by economic dislocation” while a few “sought to escape illness or family problems”. Other attractions included “a love of nature and the freedom of movement provided by the wilderness”. 17 Peterson states that about one third of those who made their fortunes after 1870 had migrated west much earlier, attracted by the gold rushes in California and Colorado in the 1840s and 1850s. Hill was one such seeker of wealth. S. as the best place in the country for fortune seeking.

In 1865, Lake was fined for pulling a gun on a Japanese policeman who tried to remove a Japanese servant from his home. Lake, “obviously possessed of a volatile temper”, continued his lawless ways, causing the Japanese government to deport him in 1871. His younger brother Edward continued the family business uninterrupted until 1893, when Lake returned to Nagasaki to try to take control of the business, attacked his brother and “was charged with assault”. S. consulate, Lake was once again deported.

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