The Japanese are remarkable for their inordinate curiosity.” (Commodore Matthew Perry) During the 19th century, Japan severely limited contact with the rest of the world, although it was not the total isolation sometimes presumed. The government was quite aware of what was happening in the rest of the world. The Japanese also left a window open to Europe, in the form of a small and highly restricted Dutch presence on an artificial island in Nagasaki harbor - a presence that lasted more than 200 years. Courtesy of the Dutch, the Japanese were aware of contemporary events in Europe, along with the rest of the world, and they were also aware of the scientific and technological progress, although whether this resulted in any practical applications is hard to establish.The Japanese stayed out of the chaos in China as the Ming dynasty collapsed, but on July 8, 1853, US Navy Commodore Matthew Perry led four American warships into Uraga Harbor near Edo (later renamed Tokyo), presenting the Japanese with a letter from President Millard Fillmore.The Japanese couldn’t know they were at the end of their long withdrawal from the rest of the world, but they were quite aware that the conditions in China and in Asia generally were being forced to change. They were also certainly aware that the Americans, as a result of the Gold Rush, had made California a state (in 1852) and extended the United States to the Pacific Ocean. They were also aware that American ships dominated the Pacific whaling industry, and that they commonly sailed to China.Japan was further aware of the British and French colonial incursions into China, and they were looking across the Sea of Japan where the Russians were actively occupying territory that was uncomfortably close to Japan. Thus, the appearance of an American naval force was obviously ominous.Perry’s 1853 flotilla included two sailing ships and two steamships, and Perry returned in February 1854. The Japanese UNKNOWN N N ©2020 Charles River Editors;(P)2020 Charles River Editors http://www.audible.de/pd/B087WYQXTC?source_code=PNHFA145032019009G&ipRedirectOverride=true http://www.audible.de/pd/B087WYQXTC?source_code=PNHFA145032019009G&ipRedirectOverride=true Unspoken (Unabridged) 25.95 AVAILABLE Unspoken (Unabridged) Unspoken (Unabridged) Celia Mcmahon Princess Isabelle of The New Kingdom has lived her entire life in the confines of her palace. She spends her time hunting for the poverty-stricken Voiceless - people of the Old Kingdom who warred with her kingdom and ultimately lost - and dreaming of a world beyond the walls of her home.... Emma Lysy The Parliament House 2020-05-11 16:36:02 672 B088G11N62 English - Kids & Young Adults English 1.00 9.95 N http://img.audible.de/audiblewords/content/bk/acx0/195781de/lg_image.jpg http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/195781/bk_acx0_195781_sample.mp3 Set in a kingdom of warring lands, demon curses, and hidden magic, Unspoken is a fantasy for fans of Maggie Stiefvater's Mercy Falls Series and Sarah J Maas’ Throne of Glass.You are unbroken."Princess Isabelle of The New Kingdom has lived her entire life in the confines of her palace. She spends her time hunting for the poverty-stricken Voiceless - people of the Old Kingdom who warred with her kingdom and ultimately lost - and dreaming of a world beyond the walls of her home. As the only remaining child of the king and queen, she is to be married off by her 18th birthday."My father said that magic died long ago. It was evil, cursed, and wicked. My father is a liar."When Izzy witnesses the use of forbidden magic in the woods outside the palace, she is attacked and saved by an unknown man. Soon after, she discovers her rescuer is a Voiceless servant in the castle named Fray. She befriends him to seek out the magic users who tried to kill her. Fray agrees to help, but not before Isabelle discovers the servant boy harbors a secret the king has tried to bury - that he is a Gwylis, people of the old Kingdom who made a pact with the demons of the underworld for the power to transform into giant ferocious wolves. But to shift into a beast, Fray must be able to speak the words to do so. If he is to thwart the attackers from killing her entire family, Izzy needs to cure the ailment that took away his voice."Sometimes one action - one death - can spur a movement, sway the cosmos, and move the stars."But curing Fray holds more danger than she ever thought possible. The lies of her parents and the risk of putting her own life on the line deems as destructive as falling for the servant boy. If Isabelle is to save herself and Fray, she’ll need to face enemy Gwylis, cross paths with usurper kings and princes, and decide what side she is on - human or wolf - or lose her kingdom forever. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gregory T. Luzitano. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/194170/bk_acx0_194170_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The Oliver Hazard Perry class is a class of frigates named after the American Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, the hero of the naval Battle of Lake Erie. Also known as the Perry or FFG-7 class, the warships were designed in the United States in the mid-1970s as general-purpose escort vessels inexpensive enough to be bought in large quantities to replace World War II-era destroyers. Fifty-five ships were built in the United States: 51 for the United States Navy and four for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). In addition, eight were built in the Republic of China (Taiwan), six in Spain, and two in Australia for their navies. Former U.S. Navy warships of this class have been sold/donated to the navies of Bahrain, Egypt, Poland, and Turkey.