Japan and the Dutch 1600-1853

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Japan and the Dutch 1600-1853

By Grant K. Goodman

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This is the history of Dutch influence on Japan during the so-called 'closed centuries' between 1640 and 1853. Dutch maritime traders provided the only commercial link which Japan maintained with the west, and were thus the sole channel for western ideas and knowledge to reach neo-Confucian society. Professor Goodman explains the circumstances of the Dutch themselves in Japan during the seventeenth century, and the historical and intellectual milieu within which 'Dutch studies' were nurtured. He traces the initial interest of the Shogun government in European astronomy and medicine, and the gradual development of interest in wider spheres of western knowledge and culture.

Subject: Social Sciences -> Social Sciences -> Ethnic Studies

Japan and the Dutch 1600-1853
1st edition
Publisher: Taylor & Francis 7/4/13
Imprint: Routledge
Language: English
Length: 304 pages

ISBN 10: 1136831800
ISBN 13: 9781136831805
Print ISBN: 9781315028064

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