Publication Date

10-2-2019

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Abstract

Robert H. Pruyn (1815-1882), a "good Dutchman" of Albany, served as the second American foreign minister to Japan, 1861-1865. This was a time of civil war in the States, and a time of great civil unrest in Japan. Pruyn prided himself both on his diplomacy and his appreciation of Japanese culture. This talk will focus on some of the lesser-known details of his experience as revealed in his many personal letters home, held by the Albany Institute of History and Art.

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To learn more about Dr. Susanna Fessler, Professor of Japanese Studies & Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University at Albany, please click on the link below:

https://www.albany.edu/eas/fessler.shtml

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