Native American in the Land of the Shogun: Ranald MacDonald and the Opening of Japan

No. Pages: 448
Dimensions: 6 x 9"
Format: Hardcover & Digital
Price: US/39.95
ISBN: 9781880656785 (c) / 9781611725414 (e)
Release Date: 1-May-03


How Japan, after 250 years of self--imposed isolation, began the process of modernization is in part the story of Ranald MacDonald. In 1848 this half-Scot, half-Chinook adventurer from the Pacific Northwest landed on an island off Hokkaido. Although promptly arrested and imprisoned for seven months in Nagasaki, the intelligent, well-educated MacDonald fascinated the Japanese and became one of their first teachers of English and Western ways. Based on primary research in Japan and North America, this book chronicles the events leading to MacDonald's journey and his later struggle to obtain recognition at home.