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"Coercion in Japan": A Historical Footnote

Ardath W Burks

Abstract


Burks reveals the background of efforts in the last nineteenth century to revise the "unequal treaty status" of Japan.  He basis his story on a complete file of clippings and letters concerning an incident in 1887-88 from the William Elliot Griffis Papers at Rutgers. This folio is of historic interest because it sheds new light on very delicate Japanese-American diplomatic relations at the time.

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