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Time to Become Barbarian: The Extraordinary Life of General Horace Capron

Harold S. Russell

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ISBN 10: 0761836411 / ISBN 13: 9780761836414
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Paperback. 284 pages. Dimensions: 8.9in. x 6.0in. x 0.8in.Americas rise to power in the nineteenth century was the result of the efforts of many gifted men and women. This book chronicles the achievements of one of these, Horace Capron, who at age sixty-seven agreed to travel to Japan as an advisor to the government on the development of the large northern island of Hokkaido. Russell traces Capron through the early years of the nineteenth century to his marriage into the influential Snowden family and his building of the town of Laurel, Maryland, where he made and lost a fortune in cotton milling and farming. Commanding a cavalry regiment in the Civil War brought him the rank of General and led to his appointment as the second commissioner of agriculture under Presidents Johnson and Grant. Recruited by the Japanese government for his expertise in agriculture and military affairs, Capron resigned his position in the spring of 1871, bid farewell to his family and friends and traveled to Japan where he was received with full honors by Emperor Meiji. During his four years in Japan, Capron endured fierce criticism by the British and American press. Infighting among the members of his mission, and with the Japanese who supervised them, made the effort difficult and controversial. Capron returned to the United States in 1875 a largely forgotten man, even after receiving the highest award ever given to a foreigner by the emperor. It took a half a century for him to be rediscovered and elevated to a place of honor in Japan. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9780761836414

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Title: Time to Become Barbarian: The Extraordinary ...

Publisher: University Press of America

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America's rise to power in the nineteenth century was the result of the efforts of many gifted men and women. This book chronicles the achievements of one of these, Horace Capron, who at age sixty-seven agreed to travel to Japan as an advisor to the government on the development of the large northern island of Hokkaido. Russell traces Capron through the early years of the nineteenth century to his marriage into the influential Snowden family and his building of the town of Laurel, Maryland, where he made and lost a fortune in cotton milling and farming. Commanding a cavalry regiment in the Civil War brought him the rank of General and led to his appointment as the second commissioner of agriculture under Presidents Johnson and Grant. Recruited by the Japanese government for his expertise in agriculture and military affairs, Capron resigned his position in the spring of 1871, bid farewell to his family and friends and traveled to Japan where he was received with full honors by Emperor Meiji. During his four years in Japan, Capron endured fierce criticism by the British and American press. Infighting among the members of his mission, and with the Japanese who supervised them, made the effort difficult and controversial. Capron returned to the United States in 1875 a largely forgotten man, even after receiving the highest award ever given to a foreigner by the emperor. It took a half a century for him to be rediscovered and elevated to a place of honor in Japan.

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Harold S. Russell is a retired international lawyer. He received a B.A. in History from Yale University and J.D. and Master of Comparative Law degrees from the University of Chicago Law School. Time to Become Barbarian: The Extraordinary Life of General Horace Capron is his first book.

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