Books and Habits from the Lectures of Lafcadio Hearn (TREDITION CLASSICS)

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Hoffmann comes free with the microfiche. In he was assigned to the Dutch trading post on the artificial island of Deshima in Nagasaki harbor, working his way up from clerk to director by During his stay in Japan he acquired a vast amount of knowledge of the country, its people, culture and language. He saw to it that the Dutch maintained their monopoly of trade with Japan, which they had held as the only western power since the closing of the country in During the French annexation of the Netherlands Deshima was one of only two places in the world where the Dutch flag continued to fly the other was Elmina on the Gold Coast in West Africa.

When the English took possession of the Dutch colony of Java in during the Napoleonic wars, the lieutenant-governor of the East Indies, Thomas Stafford Raffles founder of Singapore made attempts to take over Deshima as well, sending out ships that year and the following to persuade Doeff to strike the flag in favor of the English.

The Longing of Lafcadio Hearn for His Own Japan

Scholarly pursuits In addition to his commercial talents, Doeff had a keen scholarly interest in Japan and undertook research into Japanese customs, mores and religion. These linguistic exchanges resulted in a manuscript for a Dutch-Japanese dictionary, which he hoped to have published in Europe.

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The Japanese authorities, however, forbade him to take his work with him. He managed to make a copy in secret and smuggled it out of Deshima when he left, but this text and his entire collection of artifacts and scientific papers were all tragically lost in the shipwreck of the Admiral Evertsen during his return voyage to the Netherlands from Batavia in His pregnant wife survived the wreck, but died soon after on the next leg of the homeward journey.

Activities in the Netherlands Back home Doeff remained occupied for the rest of his life with the Japanese and East Indies trade, acting as an advisor to the government and various merchants and commercial enterprises.

He also pursued his scholarly interests, engaging in a controversy with P. Von Siebold over the authorship of the Dutch-Japanese dictionary claimed by the latter. His memoirs of Japan cited above have recently been translated as Recollections of Japan He died in Amsterdam in Overmeer Fisscher, the controversy with Von Siebold, various reviews, notes and comments, and others. Terms and Conditions Privacy Statement. Powered by: PubFactory.

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