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The Empire Of The East (Fiscle Part-X)

User: disha
The     Empire Of     The     East (Fiscle Part-X)

I Have Seen It Stated In A Popular Handbook That Japan Possesses A
Written History Extending Over Two Thousand Five Hundred Years, While
Its Sovereigns Have Formed An Unbroken Dynasty Since 660 B.C., But
That The "Authentic History Begins About 400 A.D." "Authentic History"
Is, I Consider, Not A Very Apt Phrase In This Connection. Most
Japanese History Is Legendary, And Authenticity In History, Japanese
Or European, Even Much Later Than 400 A.D., Is Hopeless To Look For. I
Have No Intention Of Leading My Readers Into, As I Should Find A
Difficulty In Extricating Them From, The Mazes Of Japanese History At
Any Date. I Simply Propose To Give Them A Glimpse Of Japan As It Has
Appeared To Europeans Since It Was First "Discovered" By Three
Storm-Tossed Portuguese Sailors About The Year 1542.

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