Thursday, July 15, 2010

Today in History: Perry Arrives in Japan

BREAKING OPEN JAPAN by George FeiferOn July 15, 1853, four warships of America’s East Asia Squadron arrived in Japan. After nearly a decade of intense planning, Commodore Matthew Perry had come to pry open Japan after her two and a half centuries of isolation. The spoils of the recent Mexican Spanish-American War had whetted a powerful American appetite for using her soaring wealth and power for commercial and political advantage.

For more, you can turn to George Feifer’s Breaking Open Japan.

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