chapter  5
Britain and Japan, 1858–1883
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ANY ONE who has faced the great drifts of documents which tell the story of Anglo-Japanese relations in Bakumatsu and Meiji times must admire Miss Fox’s grand design and her zeal in its pursuit. She has sought to describe the British impact on Japan in all its aspects and has worked over diplomatic, private, missionary, and commerical archives in Britain and the United States, as well as a wide range of Japanese primary and secondary sources. The final product of this marathon of research is graced by cultural sensitivity and much good writing, and will be both a work of reference and a stimulus to research. Faced by these many virtues it may seem ungenerous to raise doubts and queries but this work’s scope and title make some reservations unavoidable.