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Forthcoming Titles


British Foreign Secretaries and Japan, 1850-1990: Aspects of the Evolution of British Foreign Policy

British Foreign Secretaries and Japan 1850-1990 Aspects of the Evolution of British Foreign Policy

Edited by Antony Best and Hugh Cortazzi

ISBN: 978-1-898823-73-5


Forthcoming - June 2018

This book reviews the role of British Foreign Secretaries in the formulation of British policy towards Japan from the re-opening of Japan in the middle of the nineteenth century to the end of the twentieth century. It also takes a critical look at the history of British relations with Japan over these years.


The State of the Japanese State: Contested Identity, Direction and Role

The State of the Japanese State Contested Identity Direction and Role

Gavan McCormack

ISBN: 978-1-898823-71-1


Forthcoming - June 2018

In this his latest work, Gavan McCormack argues that Abe Shinzo’s efforts to re-engineer the Japanese state may fail, but his radicalism continues to shake the country and will have consequences not easy now to predict.   The significance of this book will be widely recognized, particularly by those researching contemporary world politics, international relations and the history of modern Japan.


Culture, Power and Politics in Treaty-Port Japan, 1854-1899. Key Papers, Press and Contemporary Writings

Culture Power and Politics in Treaty-Port Japan 1854-1899 Key Papers Press and Contemporary Writings

J.E. Hoare (ed.)

ISBN: 978-1-898823-61-2


Forthcoming - May 2018

This two–volume collection, supported by an in-depth introduction that addresses origins, actuality, endgame and afterlife, brings together for the first time contemporary documentation and more recent scholarship to give a broad picture of Japan’s Treaty Ports and their inhabitants at work and play in the second half of the nineteenth century. The material selected, shows how the ports’ existence and the Japanese struggle to end their special status, impacted on many aspects of modern Japan beyond their primary role as trading stations