Britain and Japan: Biological Portraits, Volume IX
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Britain & Japan: Biological Portraits, Volume IX
Editor: Cortazzi, Hugh;
Containing 57 essays, this ninth volume in the series continues to celebrate the life and work of the men and women, both British and Japanese, who over time played an interesting and significant role in a wide variety of different spheres relating to the history of Anglo-Japanese relations and deserve to be recorded and remembered. When read together they give a picture, even if inevitably a partial one, of important facets of modern history and Anglo-Japanese institutions. They shed light on a number of controversial issues, illuminate past successes and failures while overall providing a valuable point of reference for researchers and historians of the future.

Structured thematically in four Parts – Japan in Britain, Britain in Japan, Scholars and Writers, Politicians and Officials – the highlights in this volume include The Great Japan Exhibition, 1981-82, Japanese Gardens and the Japanese Garden Society in the UK, Cricket in Late Edo and Meiji Japan, Norman Macrae, pioneering journalist of The Economist, Arthur Balfour – managing the emergence of Japan as a Great Power, Michio Morishima, an economist ‘made in Japan’, and Margaret Thatcher – a pragmatist who radically improved Britain’s image in Japan.

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Editor: Cortazzi, Hugh;
Sir Hugh Cortazzi, GCMG, was British Ambassador to Japan, 1980-1984 and Chairman of The Japan Society, London, 1985-1995. He has written extensively on Japan, his many books including Isles of Gold: Antique Maps of Japan (1983), The Japanese Achievement (1990), and his memoir Japan and Back and Places Elsewhere (1998). He has also collated and edited for The Japan Society six volumes of Britain & Japan: Biographical Portraits, as well as Japan Experiences: Fifty Years, One Hundred Views (2001) and British Envoys in Japan, 1859-1972 (2004). He continues to be a regular contributor to The Japan Times and other periodicals.



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