Book Announcement: The Dream of Christian Nagasaki: World Trade and the Clash of Cultures, 1560-1640

nagasakiThe Dream of Christian Nagasaki: World Trade and the Clash of Cultures, 1560-1640. Jefferson (NC): McFarland Publishers, 2016.

Nagasaki, on the west coast of Kyushu, is known in the West for having been the target of an atomic bomb attack on August 9, 1945. Less well known is that the city was founded by Europeans, Jesuit missionaries who arrived in the area in the second half of the 16th century. They established Nagasaki in 1571 to provide the Portuguese traders from Macao with a safe harbor in a country torn apart by civil war. Profits for the Japanese who converted to Christianity soon followed.
This is the first comprehensive history in any language of the founding, as well as the rise and fall of Christian Nagasaki, the result of a ten-year search for new sources in Europe and Japan. The history of the city is told in a narrative form that allows all protagonists (Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Dutch) their own voice in an array of multiple perspectives.

Table of Contents:
Map of Hizen, Map of Nagasaki Bay, Map of Nagasaki in 1614, Abbreviated Genealogies of the Arima, Ōmura, and Chijiwa Houses, Acknowledgements

Introduction, Timeline for the History of Christian Nagasaki, A Note on Currencies, Weights, and Dates

Part One: Founding Fathers (1561-1586): From Hirado to Yokoseura: Luis d’Almeida (1); Becoming a Christian: Ōmura Sumitada (1); The Mission’s Superior: Cosme de Torres; A New Anchorage: Luis d’Almeida (2); A Knight in Superior Armor: João Pereira; The Chinese in Nagasaki Bay: Nagasaki Sumikata; A Man for the Jesuits: Ōmura Sumitada (2); Nagasaki Bay in 1568: Gaspar Vilela; The Busy Scribbler: Luis Frois (1); The Founding of Nagasaki: Francisco Cabral; No Place for the Faint-Hearted: Belchior de Figueiredo; Christian Champion: Gaspar Coelho (1); The “Donation” of Nagasaki: Alessandro Valignano; The King-Sized Admiral: Ambrosio Fernandes; Militant Missionaries: Gaspar Coelho (2)

Part Two: Brave New World (1586-1613): The Conqueror of Kyushu: Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1); The Slave Trader: Domingos Monteiro; Rewriting History: Luis Frois (2); Master of the Tenka: Toyotomi Hideyoshi (2); A Hapless Captain Major: Roque de Melo; A Spaniard from Peru: Juan de Solis; A New Head of the Mission: Pedro Gomez; The Spanish Spy: Bernardo Avila Giron (1); A Cockaigne of Sex: Francesco Carletti (1); The Martyred Mendicant: Pedro Blasquez; A Town under Pressure: Francesco Carletti (2); The Italian Painter: Giovanni Cola; Chinese Madonna: Matsupo/Maso; Eyes and Ears of Ieyasu: Ogasawara Ichi’an; Anti-Christian Cabal: The Hasegawa Siblings; The Last Conquistador: André Pessoa

Part Three: Forging a Yamato Soul (1614-1629): The Second Prohibition: Tokugawa Ieyasu; The Last Processions: Bernardo Avila Giron (2); The City Occupied: Yamaguchi Naotomo; The Destruction of the Churches: Hasegawa Sahyōe; An Early Apostate: Chijiwa Miguel; The Taiwan Expedition: Murayama Tōan; Dangerous Litigation: Murayama Tōan vs. Suetsugu Heizō; The New Governor: Hasegawa Gonroku (1); In Pursuit of Ordination: Araki Thomé; Changes in the City: Hasegawa Gonroku (2); The Summer of 1622: Bento Fernandes; Japanese Padre: Kimura Sebastião; The Ten-Family System: Hama-no-machi Antonio; The Corral of the Martyrs: Sukedayu; Repressive Measures: Tokugawa Iemitsu; A Hard-Liner: Mizuno Morinobu; The Climax of the Persecution: Takenaka Shigeyoshi; The Brave Ex-Mayor: Machida João

Epilogue: Nagasaki in the 1630’s; Notes; Glossary; Bibliography of Works Cited; Index

About Paula

Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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1 Response to Book Announcement: The Dream of Christian Nagasaki: World Trade and the Clash of Cultures, 1560-1640

  1. Buri-chan says:

    I recently had a brief trip to Nagasaki and found the city’s varied and international history fascinating–but with a look at these chapter titles, I see I’ve only scratched the surface!

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