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Joshua A. Fogel

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780520283305

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520283305.001.0001

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Introduction Situating 1862 in History and Shanghai in 1862

Introduction Situating 1862 in History and Shanghai in 1862

(p.1) Introduction Situating 1862 in History and Shanghai in 1862
Maiden Voyage

Joshua A. Fogel

University of California Press

This book focuses on the voyage of the Japanese vessel called Senzaimaru to Shanghai in the late spring of 1862. This voyage was made for the purpose of establishing trade and diplomatic relations with China. Aboard the Senzaimaru were a motley crew and a team of shogunal officials who sought a meeting with their Chinese counterparts to evaluate the possibilities for opening commercial and perhaps diplomatic ties between the two Asian nations. The book first looks at the prehistory of the Senzaimaru before discussing the planning undertaken by the shogunal government and local officials in Nagasaki (and, to a lesser extent, Hakodate) for the mission. It also considers who were on board the Senzaimaru and how they were so privileged, as well as the perilous trip they made to Shanghai. The book shows that the Senzaimaru did not achieve much commercially during its sojourn in Shanghai, but fared better in terms of diplomacy. The 1862 meeting paved the way for the signing of the Treaty of Amity of 1871, the first modern treaty between Japan and China.

Keywords:   voyage, Senzaimaru, Shanghai, trade, diplomatic relations, China, diplomacy, Japan, Treaty of Amity of 1871

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