The bold mission led by Matthew Calbraith Perry to the shores of Japan in the mid-19th century is a story of America’s entrance into the world community. Wiley makes effective use of source documents, American and Japanese, to present a detailed account of the expedition. Early U.S. naval history, politics and intrigues in Washington and Tokyo, the tense situation in China, the complex relations with European powers, and Perry as seen by himself and others are all here. Students, scholars, and historical buffs will delight in this fascinating study, certain to be the new standard on Perry and Japan. Highly recommended. -Kenneth W. Berger, Duke Univ. Lib., Durham, N.C.
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