“East Meets West – Elgin’s Mission to Japan”
ACAH 2010 – Keynote Address
ACAH 2010 Keynote
Charles Bruce: East Meets West – Elgin’s Mission to Japan
Extract: “Both India and China were deeply affected by the experience of colonialism, but the story of Japan’s absorption of Western influence in the second half of the nineteenth century offers a very different perspective on the transmission of ideas and values. Although Japan found itself responding rapidly to economic and social changes driven by external forces, its right to exist as a nation state was largely respected by the colonial powers.”
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