Portuguese Merchants and Missionaries in Feudal Japan, 1543–1640: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Portuguese Merchants and Missionaries in Feudal Japan, 1543–1640

1st Edition

By C.R. Boxer


344 pages

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The relationship between God and Mammon forms a recurring theme in this volume, the third collection of Professor Boxer's articles to be published by Variorum. The previous two traced the Portuguese expansion through the Indian Ocean to South-East Asia, and in this one he moves on further, to the Far East, to deal with the China-Japan trade, based on the cities of Macao and Nagasaki. Yet there, as elsewhere, commerce was not disassociated from religion: not only were the missionaries so enthusiastically despatched to convert the Japanese dependant on the merchants for shipping, but the Jesuits, the principal of those missionaries, themselves played an active part in the trade, and the fortunes of both merchants and missionaries proved inextricably linked. In these articles the author describes the successes and tragedies of the Portuguese during the period when they dominated European activity in the Far East, and assesses their influence in what has come to be called the 'Christian century' in Japan.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; The affair of the 'Madre de Deus' (A chapter in the history of the Portuguese in Japan); The swan-song of the Portuguese in Japan, 1635-1639; Portuguese commercial voyages to Japan three hundred years ago (1630-1639); Hosokawa Tadaoki and the Jesuits, 1587-1645; Some aspects of Portuguese influence in Japan, 1542-1640; Padre João Rodriguez Tçuzu, S.J., and his Japanese grammars of 1604 and 1620; Friar Juan Pobre of Zamora and his lost and found 'Ystoria' of 1598-1603 (Lilly MS. MB 617); The Japanese Christians of Faifo and the transference of Fr. Pedro de Zúñiga's relics to Manila in 1651; When the twain first met: European conceptions and misconceptions of Japan, 16th-18th centuries; Index.

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