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Scottish Samurai: Thomas Blake Glover, 1838-1911 epub

ISBN: 0862417465

ISBN13: 978-0862417468

Author: Alexander McKay

Category: Memoris

Language: English

Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd; 2nd edition (October 1997)

Pages: 256 pages

ePUB book: 1328 kb

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Thomas Blake Glover (6 June 1838 – 16 December 1911) was a Scottish merchant in the Bakumatsu and Meiji period in Japan

Thomas Blake Glover (6 June 1838 – 16 December 1911) was a Scottish merchant in the Bakumatsu and Meiji period in Japan. Thomas Blake Glover was born at 15 Commerce Street, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire in northeast Scotland on 6 June 1838, the fifth of eight children, to Thomas Berry Glover (1806-1878), a coastguard officer from Vauxhall, London and Mary Findlay (1807-1887) from the parish of Fordyce, Banffshire.

Thomas Glover arrived in Nagasaki in 1859, just as Japan was opening to the West Alexander McKay, as well as giving occasional talks on Thomas Blake Glover (he was also an adviser to a BBC Great Explorers documentary about him), an. .

Thomas Glover arrived in Nagasaki in 1859, just as Japan was opening to the West. Within a few years he had played a crucial part in the overthrow of the Tokugawa Shogunate. He spent around thirty years in the oil industry, much of the time overseas but also more than a decade in the North Sea, and was traumatized by some horrific incidents.

Alexander McKay, as well as giving occasional talks on Thomas Blake Glover (he was also an adviser to a BBC . My interest in Scottish Samurai was triggered by a television program about the life of Thomas Blake Glover.

He spent around thirty years in the oil industry, much of the time overseas but also more than a decade in the North Sea, and was traumatized by some horrific incidents.

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Scottish Samurai: Thomas Blake Glover, 1838-1911 Format: Paperback Authors: Alexander McKay ISBN10: 085786615X Published: 2012-02-16 Thomas Glover arrived in Nagasaki in 1859, just as Japan was opening to the West. Within a few years he had played a crucial part in the overthrow of the Tokugawa Shogunate, providing the rebels with war-winning, Scottish-designed warships, and modern arms.

Home McKay, Alexander: Scottish Samurai: Thomas Blake Glover 1838-1911. Publisher: Edinburgh: Canongate Books Ltd. Publication Date: 1997. Scottish Samurai: Thomas Blake Glover 1838-1911. McKay, Alexander: Published by Edinburgh: Canongate Books Ltd, 1997. From Berwyn Books (Buckley, United Kingdom). Today, Glover is regarded as one of the founding fathers of the Japanese economic miracle. 7 people like this topic.

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In early l868, the last Tokugawa Shogun was toppled from power by anti-Shogun rebels with the help of Scotsman Thomas Blake Glover. This man, virtually unknown in his own country, is famed in Japan both for his contribution to the birth of modern Japan and for his connection with the Madame Butterfly legend. Having left Aberdeen as a young man, Glover travelled to Shanghai where he worked as a trader from 1857 to 1859. He then travelled to Japan, which opened to foreign trade in that year. He soon became a gunrunner, importing British weapons from the UK, and personally transporting American arms from Hong Kong and Shanghai. In 1865, Glover became involved with anti-Shogun rebels who wanted a new and modern Japan. When the rebels finally toppled the Tokugawa Shogun in early 1868, Glover, recognizing the potential which was to be realized in modern Japan, began several entrepreneurial undertakings, including importing the first steam locomotive to Japan. Yataro Iwasaki, a friend of Glover from his rebel days, founded the Mitsubishi corporation in the mid-1870s and invited Glover to work for him. Glover was also friends with Hirobumi Ito, the first Prime Minister of Japan and later received the medal of the Order of the Rising Sun from the Emperor in 1908.
I have owned the paperback of this book, now out of print, for more than a decade. My copy was kindly signed by the author but sadly the pages are yellowing, and I had no hesitation in buying the Kindle version when I realised it was available, as it has been since February 2012. The author in the foreword to this new edition acknowledges that Glover research has moved on since the book first appeared in 1993 but claims with justification that the basic story as told here has not changed. This book is essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand Thomas Blake Glover's massive impact on and in 19th century Japan. It also depicts Victorian Scotland and Shanghai with verve, accuracy and vigour. Strongly recommended. It would make a wonderful film too. (If I have one quibble it is the lack of supporting annotations which reduces its academic value, but the author probably judged that they would disrupt the narrative flow.)
I found this book after research, my family tree roots back to Thomas B. Glover. As a current ship Master & sailor, I can see now how it "ran in the family" Well written and has become a family heirloom.
My interest in Scottish Samurai was triggered by a television program about the life of Thomas Blake Glover. The book provides good insights to Glover’s role in the development of Japanese industry as well as a broader overview of the development of British and foreign trade in China as well as Japan.
Very well written and does perfectly well give the history behind the japanese economic growth! A must to read for all seeking knowledege about Japan.
Lovingly researched and written, this book will interest anyone who gets so far as to search for Amazon reviews. With a fairly deep acquaintance with modern Japanese history, I really had not focused on or even really known about Thomas Glover until I visited the Glover House on a recent visit to Nagasaki and then happened on a somewhat different take on Glover (in a 50--page "pamphlet") by the same author. Anyone with questions about the confusing series of events that preceded and precipitated the Meiji "Restoration" will enjoy and profit from this book, particularly those who are trying to understand the Kyushu (Satsuma) and other Southwestern Japanese roots to and influences on this period in Japanese history. This book goes into more depth on how Glover first fell on hard times (bankruptcy) and how he later recovered his wealth and influence, largely by tying his fortune to the Mitsubishi industries narrative. However, the hard-to-find "pamphlet" (probably written after this book?) does a better job bringing the Glover family story decades forward via more material on his son, Tommy, and the fate of the Glover House itself, especially during WWII and the U.S. post-war occupation. All in all, interesting material, but you've got to start with an interest in one or more aspects of the story. Probably best read after you've first seen the house, which, unfortunately, no longer has a pine growing in the middle of it, the genesis of the house's name: "Ipponmatsu."