American Missionaries, Christian Oyatoi, and Japan, 1859-73 Hardback

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American Missionaries, Christian Oyatoi, and Japan, 1859-73

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Japan closed its doors to foreigners for nearly 250 years because its rulers feared political instability would follow the arrival of Christian missionaries. It was not until the upheavals of the mid-nineteenth century that it once again opened its ports to foreign ships and residents. Ion investigates the impact of American Protestant missionaries and Christian laymen, or oyatoi, from their arrival in 1859 to the open propagation of Christianity in 1873. His exploration of their aspirations and efforts in private, mission, and government schools reveals that the transmission of values and beliefs was not a simple matter of acceptance or rejection. Missionaries saw promise in the face of hostility and, as informal agents of the United States, served as cultural mediators between East and West. This nuanced account of a crucial but neglected aspect of Japanese-American relations will appeal to students and scholars of modern Japan, international relations, and Christian missions.

American Missionaries, Christian Oyatoi, and Japan, 1859-73 by Hamish Ion was published by University of British Columbia Press in November 2009. The ISBN for American Missionaries, Christian Oyatoi, and Japan, 1859-73 is 9780774816472.

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Page last updated 6th January 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherUniversity of British Columbia Press (November 2009)
Weight757g
Number of Pages456
Thickness33 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
ISBN9780774816472
ISBN-100774816473
Product Code2641787
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