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The Dream of Christian Nagasaki: World Trade and the Clash of Cultures, 1560–1640, written by Reinier H. Hesselink

The Dream of Christian Nagasaki: World Trade and the Clash of Cultures, 1560–1640, written by... (Jefferson, nc: McFarland, 2015). 300 pp. $49.95. Cloth.Scholars have debated Christianity’s role in Japan from the early Tokugawa period onward, but there are surprisingly few works in English on the history of the first Christian missions to Japan. Indeed, the study under review is the first English-language book-length treatment of the Jesuits’ project to establish a beachhead for Christianity in Nagasaki. Reinier H. Hesselink—whose other works include the 2002 Prisoners from Nambu: Reality and Make-Believe in 17th-Century Japanese Diplomacy—has situated his study against the world-historical developments at the time of the Jesuits’ first forays into Japan. In this account, the author seeks to understand “the birth of the modern world through ocean travel, world trade, and the clash of different configurations of power, each with their own pre-modern mindset” (p. 11).The Dream of Christian Nagasaki: World Trade and the Clash of Cultures, 1560–1640 is clearly the product of countless hours of painstaking historical investigation. Drawing on sources in Japanese, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, French, and idiosyncratically-spelled 16th Century English, Hesselink references sources in archives, private collections, university holdings, and even the Vatican itself, tracking down a truly impressive body of primary sources. The resultant study is nothing if not http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of American-East Asian Relations Brill

The Dream of Christian Nagasaki: World Trade and the Clash of Cultures, 1560–1640, written by Reinier H. Hesselink

Journal of American-East Asian Relations , Volume 24 (1): 4 – Apr 8, 2017

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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1058-3947
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10.1163/18765610-02401002
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(Jefferson, nc: McFarland, 2015). 300 pp. $49.95. Cloth.Scholars have debated Christianity’s role in Japan from the early Tokugawa period onward, but there are surprisingly few works in English on the history of the first Christian missions to Japan. Indeed, the study under review is the first English-language book-length treatment of the Jesuits’ project to establish a beachhead for Christianity in Nagasaki. Reinier H. Hesselink—whose other works include the 2002 Prisoners from Nambu: Reality and Make-Believe in 17th-Century Japanese Diplomacy—has situated his study against the world-historical developments at the time of the Jesuits’ first forays into Japan. In this account, the author seeks to understand “the birth of the modern world through ocean travel, world trade, and the clash of different configurations of power, each with their own pre-modern mindset” (p. 11).The Dream of Christian Nagasaki: World Trade and the Clash of Cultures, 1560–1640 is clearly the product of countless hours of painstaking historical investigation. Drawing on sources in Japanese, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, French, and idiosyncratically-spelled 16th Century English, Hesselink references sources in archives, private collections, university holdings, and even the Vatican itself, tracking down a truly impressive body of primary sources. The resultant study is nothing if not

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Journal of American-East Asian RelationsBrill

Published: Apr 8, 2017

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