William B. Cushing in the Far East: A Civil War Naval Hero Abroad, 1865-1869

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McFarland, Jan 11, 2013 - History - 228 pages
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Fresh from success in sinking the Albermarle in the Civil War, the young Captain Cushing was assigned to command the gunboat USS Maumee in Hong Kong to aid the restoration of America's naval power in Asia. By linking such aims to British policy, and by courting Chinese and Japanese officials, he succeeded in re-establishing American naval and commercial power in the Far East. In his letters to his fiancee, he brilliantly recorded his travels and observations of people and places (and the difficulties of reconciling his naval career with his devotion to her, whom he married in 1870).
  

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Contents

Preface
1
Introduction
3
1 The Challenge of a Paci fic Empire
13
2 Cushing Embraces a Fredonia Sweetheart
20
3 Route to the Far East by Sail and Steam to Match the Power of Ocean Water
34
4 Cruising on the Troubled Waters of the Far East
49
5 From Tropical Heat to Northern Turbulence
85
6 Wandering Among the Crumbling Remnants of the Celestial Empire
109
7 Imperial Japan
131
8 Surveying the Landscape and the Inhabitants of Japan
156
9 A Lingering Farewell to the Far East
174
Notes
207
Bibliography
217
Index
221
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About the author (2013)

Julian R. McQuiston is a retired history professor from SUNY Fredonia. He also taught at the University of Columbia and the University of London and has published in many journals, including the English Historical Review. He lives in Fredonia, New York.

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