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dc.contributor.authorBurcin, Terryen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:36:37Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:36:37Z
dc.date.issued2005-05-05en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-05132005-131722en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/32698
dc.description.abstractIn July 1853, Commodore Matthew C. Perry illegally entered Tokyo Bay with a fleet of four American warships and challenged Japanâ s isolationist position towards the United States. This radical diplomatic effort concluded with a return voyage a year later and ended Japanâ s self-imposed isolation from the Western world. Historians, in an attempt to explain the motivations behind Perryâ s voyage, cite an American commercial desire for Chinese trade as the main reason behind the Japanese Expeditionâ s dispatch. This historical perspective ignores the important economic and political influence the whaling industry played in spurring American politicians to confront Japanese isolationism. It is incorrect to assert that whaling, and not Americaâ s desire to gain access to China, was the main reason behind the 1853 Japanese Expedition. This paperâ s objective is to understand how whaling influenced Perryâ s mission. It should be read as a supplement to current historical scholarship concerning Americaâ s decision to send a naval force into Japanese waters.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.relation.haspartMAThesis.pdfen_US
dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectwhalingen_US
dc.subjectPerryen_US
dc.subjectcommerceen_US
dc.subjectPacific Oceanen_US
dc.subjectJapanen_US
dc.titleCommodore Perryâ s 1853 Japanese Expedition: How Whaling Influenced the Event that Revolutionized Japanen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentHistoryen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Artsen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHistoryen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairThorp, Daniel B.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberSchneider, Helenen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberDavis, William A.en_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-05132005-131722/en_US
dc.date.sdate2005-05-13en_US
dc.date.rdate2005-05-24
dc.date.adate2005-05-24en_US


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