Pacific Cosmopolitans: A Cultural History of U.S.-Japan Relations (英語) ハードカバー – 2011/5/5
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A splendid and nuanced account of the history of cultural exchange between Americans and Japanese. Auslin presents a fascinating story of the evolution of 'Pacific cosmopolitans,' who promoted cultural understanding and interaction between the two countries even in periods of geopolitical tension or economic friction. The book is of real value for its sophisticated discussion of strategic, economic, and especially cultural dimensions of U.S.-Japanese relations, which are also relevant to other bilateral relationships in the world. (Akira Iriye, Harvard University)
In a welcome alternative to the usual parade of statesmen, diplomats, and policy-making institutions, Auslin offers an absorbing study of U.S.-Japan cultural ties from the eighteenth century to the present. This rich snapshot will captivate students of Japanese history, U.S.-Japan relations, and global history alike. (Frederick Dickinson, University of Pennsylvania)
Auslin does a wonderful job describing the importance of culture in U.S.-Japan relations over a century and a half. Anyone interested in one of our most important relationships, or in the strengths and limits of soft power, should read this book. (Joseph S. Nye, author of The Future of Power)
Pacific Cosmopolitans tells the story of Japanese efforts to know and understand America and American efforts to know and understand Japan. Auslin covers the individuals—adventurers, scholars, collectors—and institutions that devoted themselves to mutual understanding through periods of excited discovery, catastrophic conflict, and finally common participation in a globalized world. This interesting story is well worth adding to the more frequent accounts of the diplomatic and economic relations of Japan and the United States. (Nathan Glazer, emeritus, Harvard University)
This book fills an important gap. (Lesley Downer Literary Review 2011-08-01)
Michael R. Auslin is Director of Japan Studies at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research.