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The Iwakura Embassy, 1871-1873, Volume II: Britain
compiled by Kunitake Kume
editor-in-chief Graham Healey and Chushichi Tsuzuki
translated by Graham Healey
MHM Limited, 2002
eISBN: 978-4-909286-40-6

ABOUT THIS BOOK | TOC
ABOUT THIS BOOK
The newly established Meiji government sent a large delegation on a tour of Western countries to report on how Japan might modernize its political, economic, and social infrastructure. This embassy of some fifty top officials was headed by Iwakura Tomomi and included such luminaries as Ito Hirobumi and Kido Takayoshi. These emissaries journeyed to the United States and eleven European countries, making thorough investigations into each country's politics, military affairs, trade and industry, education, and culture. Their reports, which helped Japan emerge as a modern industrial nation, constitute an indispensable documentary resource. Volume II covers the period of seventeen weeks from August 16th, 1872, when the ambassadors sighted the Irish coast after a ten-day crossing from Boston, to December 15th, the day before they left Britain for France.

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