The Evolution of Japanese Maritime Technology: from Borrowed Design to Indigenous Concept

By David G. Wittner PhD, published May 2006

Abstract

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This article traces the extent to which Japanese maritime history can be seen to fall into three parts: the first covers the years from antiquity to 1639; the second takes the story up to 1868; the third, which brings the history up to date, is supposed to be the period during which Japan caught up with the rest of the world. The evolution of the Japanese ship is outlined, with descriptions of the typical vessels and the influence of Will Adams in 1600. The diplomatic decisions which limited Japan’s experience of the rest of the world are explored.

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Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

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