Secret Memoirs of the Shoguns: Isaac Titsingh and Japan, 1779-1822

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Secret Memoirs of the Shoguns: Isaac Titsingh and Japan, 1779-1822 - Screech, Timon (Introduction by)
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Isaac Titsingh was head of the Japanese station of the Dutch East India Company 1780-94. He was a career merchant, but unusual in having a classical education and training as a physician. He could also read Chinese. In Japan, his impact was enormous. He became a friend and confidant of the shogun's father-in-law, the famously wise but wily Shimazu Shigehide, almost causing war between father and son-in-law. He also attempted the project of equipping Japan with an ocean-going fleet. However, he left Japan disappointed in the ...

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