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The Ghost of Namamugi

Charles Lenox Richardson and the Anglo-Satsuma War

Robert Fletcher

260 pages
Amsterdam University Press
In 1862, a British merchant was killed by samurai at Namamugi, a quiet village near Yokohama. One year later, a British fleet bombarded Kagoshima to extract reparations, reducing much of this south-western city to ash. This captivating re-telling, locates the story firmly within the wider context of British imperial expansion in East Asia.