Pleading for calm since 1879

From Donald Keen’s Emperor of Japan: Meiji and His World, 1852-1912:

President Ulysses S. Grant was the first former president to visit Japan, which he did in 1879. He met with the Meiji Emperor and advised him on a number of matters and was also asked to arbitrate a dispute. The Meiji government had just annexed the Ryukyu Islands [Okinawa], to which China strongly objected. Grant decided that Japan’s claim to the islands was stronger and ruled in Japan’s favor, but also urged Japan and China to withdraw their harsh words about each other.

I can’t help but think that little has changed…

About Curzon

Lord George Nathaniel Curzon (1859 - 1925) entered the British House of Commons as a Conservative MP in 1886, where he served as undersecretary of India and Foreign Affairs. He was appointed Viceroy of India at the turn of the 20th century where he delineated the North West Frontier Province, ordered a military expedition to Tibet, and unsuccessfully tried to partition the province of Bengal during his six-year tenure. Curzon served as Leader of the House of Lords in Prime Minister Lloyd George's War Cabinet and became Foreign Secretary in January 1919, where his most famous act was the drawing of the Curzon Line between a new Polish state and Russia. His publications include Russia in Central Asia (1889) and Persia and the Persian Question (1892). In real life, "Curzon" is a US citizen from the East Coast who has been a financial analyst, freelance translator, and university professor; he is currently on assignment in Tokyo.
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2 Responses to Pleading for calm since 1879

  1. How good is the Keen book? (5 best books on Japan in your opinion?)

    Grant was a great and under-rated man. Did his intervention do any good?

  2. Aceface says:

    I remeber way back in the early 90′s when Keene was interviewed by a Japanese about Japan’s role in the post cold war era.

    Japanese said”We want to be the bridge between America and China”.
    “Now that is a tough role you are about to play” said Keene.”They are shaking hands with their feet stepping on your back bone!”.