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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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The Armistice, Shanghai, and the Facilitator

The Armistice, Shanghai, and the Facilitator

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(p.10) One The Armistice, Shanghai, and the Facilitator
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Maiden Voyage
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Joshua A. Fogel

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520283305.003.0002

This chapter examines the Japanese government's decision to embark on a voyage to Shanghai in 1862 via the Senzaimaru despite little training or experience in building or sailing ocean-worthy vessels. It first looks at the prehistory of the Senzaimaru, focusing on the British vessel named the Armistice. It then describes the changes in the nature of regional and interregional commercial shipping worldwide, particularly the transition from wind power to steam that culminated in around 1890. It also considers the steamship trade between Britain and China; the continued strong presence of sail ships despite the increasing popularity of steamships; the key role played by Shanghai in both China's opening outward and Japan's opening to export trade; and relations between Japan and China prior to 1862. The chapter concludes by discussing the arrival of the Senzaimaru at the port of Shanghai.

Keywords:   voyage, Shanghai, Senzaimaru, Armistice, commercial shipping, Britain, China, steamships, Japan, trade

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