Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. The British in Japan: A Search for Opportunity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Olive Checkland
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      Pages 19-41
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      Pages 57-72
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  3. The Japanese in Britain: A Search for Expertise

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Olive Checkland
      Pages 109-118
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      Pages 134-147
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  4. The British Facilitators

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Olive Checkland
      Pages 173-186
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      Pages 211-227
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 228-357

About this book


During the Meiji Era, of 1868-1912, British influence in Japan was stronger than that of any other foreign power. Although role models were sought from Englishmen and Scotsmen, whether diplomats, engineers, educators or philosophers, the first priority for the Japanese was to achieve a transfer of industrial and technical skills. As important customers, who brought good profits to British industry, the Japanese were accommodated when they stipulated on awarding a contract that their own people should work in office, shipyard or factory. Much new research material discovered in Japan, England and Scotland has enabled the detailed examination of a relationship - with Britain as Senior and Japan as Junior partner - which lasted until 1914. It was on these foundations that Japan was able subsequently to build a great industrial nation.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Olive Checkland
    • 1
  1. 1.University of GlasgowUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1989
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-10611-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-10609-7
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