Opening legations: Japan’s first resident minister and the diplomatic corps in Europe

Cobbing, Andrew (2017) Opening legations: Japan’s first resident minister and the diplomatic corps in Europe. Diplomacy & Statecraft, 28 (2). ISSN 0959-2296

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This analysis shows how Japanese legations, first established in Europe during the 1870s, were not just symbolic gestures but played a key role in the Meiji government’s quest for international recognition. The concept of resident ambassador was unfamiliar beyond the European world, so the transition from sending visiting envoys to establishing permanent missions was a pivotal stage. Here a comparative framework gauges the importance of Japan’s new strategy within the context of similar experiments by states such as the Ottoman Empire, Persia, and subsequently China and Siam. The case of Sameshima Naonobu, Japan’s first resident minister in Europe, highlights the cultural barriers the Japanese faced. Assisted by Frederick Marshall, an Englishman at the Japanese Legation in Paris, Sameshima’s research on the mysteries encoded in this particular social universe offers some insight on the nature of the diplomatic corps in Europe.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Diplomacy & Statecraft on 1st of June 2017, available online:[Article DOI]
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities > Department of History
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2017 11:07
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 18:47

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