BEACON SOFT POWER AND PUBLIC DIPLOMACY SERIES:DAY 7
Today, the last and final segment
of the Soft Power/Public Diplomacy series, Paul Kretkowski's Beacon
features....me ! Paul was kind enough to let me add some Zenpundit
style to the Beacon
substance on the subject of soft power.
I decided, as most of the other contributors were likely to focus on the modern era, to reach back a bit into history. An excerpt:"As Japan entered the 16th century, it was torn between the warring armies of feudal lords and Buddhist monasteries. The Emperor in Kyoto was a mere figurehead and three remarkable military men, Oda Nobunaga
, Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Ieyasu Tokugawa would spend the better part of sixty years forcibly unifying Japan under the Tokugawa Shogunate
. It was at this time, in 1549, that Francis Xavier
, the Spanish Jesuit missionary, arrived at Satsuma. Xavier’s mission as Apostolic Nuncio would meet, in the words of historian Edwin O. Reischauer
, “with considerable success.”Read my Beacon guest post in full here:
Much thanks to Paul Kretkowski for putting together an excellent series and for inviting me to participate .Blogging Note:
Going offline for a bit. Should be back later tonight.