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The Clash: U.S.-Japanese Relations Throughout History

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The Clash: U.S.-Japanese Relations Throughout History

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Winner of the Bancroft Prize

When Commodore Matthew Perry sailed into Tokyo harbor in July 1853, opening Japan to the West, a century and a half of economic, cultural, and occasionally violent clashes between Americans and Japanese began. Walter LaFeber has written the first book to tell the entire story behind the disagreements, tensions, and skirmishes between Japan—a compact, homogenous, closely knit society terrified of disorder—and America—a sprawling, open-ended society that fears economic depression and continually seeks an international marketplace. Using both American and Japanese sources, LaFeber provides the history behind the vicissitudes of rearming Japan, the present-day tensions in U.S.-Japan trade talks, Japan's continuing importance in financing America's huge deficit, and both nations' drive to develop China—a shadow that has darkened American-Japanese relations from the beginning.

Walter LaFeber (1933—2021) was professor of history at Cornell University and the author of The Clash, winner of the 1998 Bancroft Prize, and Inevitable Revolutions.

ISBN: 9780393318371

ISBN-10: 9780393318371

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

Publication Date: 09/17/1998 - 12:00am

On Sale: 09/17/1998 - 12:00am

Pages: 544

Language: English


Political Science / International Relations

History / Asia / Japan

History / United States / 20th Century

Political Science / Geopolitics