Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun

ISBN-10: 0060086254
ISBN-13: 9780060086251
Edition: 2003
Authors: Rhoda Blumberg
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Book details

List price: $9.99
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 1/21/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 8.75" wide x 11.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

In 1853, few Japanese people knew that a country called America even existed. For centuries, Japan had isolated itself from the outside world by refusing to trade with other countries and even refusing to help shipwrecked sailors, foreign or Japanese. The country's people still lived under a feudal system like that of Europe in the Middle Ages. But everything began to change when American Commodore Perry and his troops sailed to the Land of the Rising Sun, bringing with them new science and technology, and a new way of life.

Rhoda Blumberg has written about the opening of Japan (1853-1854) in Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun, a Newbery Honor Book, which also won the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award and the Golden Kite Award. Her acclaimed histories also include The Incredible Journey of Lewis & Clark, The Great American Gold Rush, and The Remarkable Voyages of Captain Cook, all ALA Notable Books. She is the winner of the Washington Post/ Children's Book Guild Award for her overall contribution to nonfiction.Rhoda Blumberg says that while doing research for Commodore Perry, "I read about the ordeals and strange adventures of Manjiro, then spent years replaying his life story in my mind until I felt impelled to write about him."The author and her husband, Gerald, live in Yorktown Heights, New York.

The Coming of the Barbarians
Aliens Arrive
The Black Ships of the Evil Men
His High and Mighty Mysteriousness
Landing on Sacred Soil
The Audience Hall
The Dutch Island Prison
Foreigners Forbidden
The Great Peace
The Emperor
The Shogun
The Lords
Samurai
Farmers
Artisans and Merchants
Clouds over the Land of the Rising Sun
The Japanese-American
The Return of the Barbarians
The Black Ships Return
Parties
The Treaty House
An Array of Gifts
Gifts for the Japanese
Gifts for the Americans
The Grand Banquet
The Treaty
A Japanese Feast
Excursions on Land and Sea
A Birthday Cruise
Shore Leave
Shimoda
Hakodate
In the Wake of the Black Ships
Afterword
The First American Consul
The Fall of the Shogun
Appendices
Letter of the President of the United States to the Emperor of Japan
Translation of Answer to the President's Letter, Signed by Yenosuke
Some of the American Presents for the Japanese
Some of the Japanese Presents for the Americans
Text of the Treaty of Kanagawa
Notes
About the Illustrations
Bibliography
Index

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