Memories of Times Past: The Legacy of Japan’s Treaty Ports

  • J. E. Hoare


This chapter looks at the way the Japanese treaty ports have been accepted as part of the country’s modern history, in marked contrast with Chinese ambivalence. From their very beginning at the late 1850s, the treaty ports and foreign settlements were as much an object of curiosity as of hostility for the local population. By the time of the revised treaties 50 years later, the hostility had gone and the ports were on course to be sites to be preserved and cherished. Today, they form a thriving part of Japan’s tourist industry, with local governments anxious to preserve display and exploit what remains.


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  • J. E. Hoare
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  1. 1.Department of Languages and CultureSOAS University of LondonLondonUK

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