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Japan and the West: The First 500 Years // Japanese History Documentary (1298 - 1854)

Voices of the Past

00:00 Introduction (1853)
06:57 Marco Polo and the Land of Endless Gold (1298)
11:15 First Contact (1543)
16:04 Arrival of the One God
21:03 The English Arrive (1604)
28:04 Japanese Travellers (1614)
32:50 A Closed Country? (1639)
37:26 The Dutch Take Advantage
41:06 Studying the West (1709)
47:06 Russia (1791)
50:57 The Napoleonic Conflict Reaches Japan (1808)
56:09 Planning for When

Written by Thomas Lockley
Edited, script edited and narrated by David Kelly
Art by Matthew Cartwright
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Citations and sources:

Aizawa Seishisai: H. Paul Varley (2000). Japanese Culture, 4th Edition. University of Hawai'i Press; Updated and Exp edition (2000).

The Travels of Marco Polo (1298)

Tanegashima: The Arrival of Europe in Japan
Olof G. Lidin
NIAS Press, 2002

The life and letters of St. Francis Xavier
by Coleridge, Henry James, 18221893

Toyotomi Hideyoshi quote: Japan: A Documentary History: The Dawn of History to the Late Tokugawa Period, edited by David J. Lu (Armonk, New York:
M. E. Sharpe, 1997) pg 196197

Memorials of the Empire of Japon in the xvi and xvii Centuries, ed. with notes by T. Rundell. London: Hakluyt Society. 1850.
Part II. The Letters of William Adams 1611 to 1617. Pages 17 – 88

Japanese travellers in sixteenthcentury Europe. A dialogue concerning the mission of the Japanese ambassadors to the Roman curia (1590). Edited by Derek Massarella and translated by J. F. Moran. (The Hakluyt Society. Ser. 3, 25.) Colloquium IX

Anthony Farrington
The English Factory in Japan, 16131623

The Invention of Religion in Japan
Jason Ananda Josephson Storm
University of Chicago Press, Oct 3, 2012
(Quotes from extract of Arai Hakuseki, Tidings from the West)

Japanese Journal of American Studies, No. 2 1985, Japanese Interpretation of the American Revolution (Tadashi Aruga) pg. 6

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