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The Ghost of Namamugi: Charles Lenox Richardson and the Anglo-Satsuma War
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The Ghost of Namamugi: Charles Lenox Richardson and the Anglo-Satsuma War

ISBN 978-1-898823-83-4

Robert S.G. Fletcher

£55.00

In 1862, a British merchant was killed by samurai, in uncertain circumstances, at Namamugi, a quiet village near Yokohama. One year later, a British fleet bombarded the port of Kagoshima to extract reparations, reducing much of this south-western city to ash. The Ghost of Namamugi is a captivating re-telling of this story, locating it firmly within the wider context of British imperial expansion in East Asia. For the first time and in full, the volume includes Richardson’s personal correspondence home. Written across ten years spent living and trading at Shanghai, the Richardson letters give readers a chance to form their own judgement of the man at the centre of a nineteenth-century ‘outrage’.