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Le Japon en 1866
JAPON. Ce pays mrite une attention srieuse. Les lments de puissance vritable qu'il renferme et les avantages qu'il offre l'Occident, au point de vue des relations commerciales, donnent la question japonaise un intrt considrable. Par le spectacle que nous prsente cette contre de l'extrme Orient, le caractre de ses habitants, la direction particulire du courant qui matrise aujourd'hui la majorit des esprits et la nature des obstacles qui sont opposs ce courant, nous pouvons juger la porte des vnements qui se passent au Japon; nous acquerrons alors cette conviction: c'est qu'il dpend de l'Europe de grandir en de vastes proportions l'avantage rciproque de ses relations japonaises. Toutes les nations europennes ont au Japon un intrt commun qui se trouve d'accord avec l'intrt japonais. La Russie seule, agissant en cela comme une puissance asiatique, spare son action et cherche se crer une mer intrieure l'orient de son empire. De l'le Saghalien elle marche sur Jesso pour pier de l toute fausse dmarche de la part de l'Europe vis--vis du Japon. Elle sait que seule elle pourrait profiter de l'injustice; mais le rsultat, quel qu'il soit, dpend encore de l'Europe, et cette suprme influence rsulte de ce seul fait: c'est que le Japon est dispos donner toutes satisfactions l'Europe dans la poursuite lgale de ses lgitimes intrts, qui sont aux mains de la civilisation japonaise. La majorit des Japonais dsirent, en effet, possder les conqutes de notre civilisation. Le fait n'est pas nouveau: en isolant les actes momentans de fanatisme excits par des hostilits intrieures ou provoqus par notre attitude blessante en bien des circonstances, l'histoire du pass, d'accord avec l'observation actuelle, nous montre les Japonais rellement intelligents et bienveillants. Aujourd'hui, comme au xvie sicle, leur intelligence pntrante les entrane vers le mouvement civilisateur de l'Occident; mais, aujourd'hui comme alors, ils ont l'intention bien arrte de se dfendre contre d'injustes prtentions. A la suite de la premire apparition des Portugais chez eux, en 1543, on les vit pris d'une vritable fivre de progrs. Les mmoires du temps parlent de la bienveillance des diffrents rois du pays qui recevaient les trangers, les interrogeaient et profitaient de toute ide tendant au dveloppement matriel ou moral. En peu de temps le christianisme fit des proslytes nombreux, au milieu d'un enthousiasme sincre et rflchi, ce qui nulle autre part, dans l'extrme Orient, ne s'est montr. Ces succs trs-lgitimes inspirrent aux Europens d'injustes prtentions: c'tait appeler la raction et elle ne tarda pas se manifester. Le Japon rentra, en 1638, dans une politique d'isolement complet, aprs avoir violemment arrach de son sein tout vestige tranger. ......Buy Now (To Read More)
Ebook Number: 25364
Author: Montblanc, Charles
Release Date: May 7, 2008
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