Moneta 140

Documents and Studies on 19th c. Monetary History


Selection of British and US documents (1857-1898)

Marina Kovalchuk - Georges Depeyrot, ed.

In 1854 Japan resumed its international relations after a long period of isolation. Treaties signed by Japan in 1854 and 1858 with USA and a European countries guaranteed some privileges and immunities to foreigners, settled the question of foreign consulate authorities and established the framework of foreign trade in Japan.

After the signing of The Treaty of Amity and Commerce (July 1858), foreign consuls sent a lot of dispatches to their countries concerning not only diplomatic questions but also the daily life in Japan. A huge number of these reports described the economic and monetary system of Japan and the situation in internal and international trade.

This volume gives a collection of facts and information concerning Japanese monetary question. It gives the American and British point of view on the situation with Japanese currency and its problems in the second part of 19th century, as these two countries were the main commercial partners of Japan in mentioned period.

This volume also includes a lot of documents concerning the circulation in Japan of Japanese and foreign coins, which are giving a new light on the problem of using of bimetallic standard in the Far East in the second part of 19th century.

Marina Kovalchuk is assistant professor, Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok.

Georges Depeyrot is researcher, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris and heads the DAMIN program (La Dépréciation de l'Argent Monétaire et les Relations Internationales - Silver monetary depreciation and international relations).


Marina Kovalchuk - Georges Depeyrot, ed.
MONETA 140, 220 pages,
120 euros
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ISBN 978-94-91384-08-0