Trump’s ‘America First’ Doctrine Has Been Tried — and Failed | The Tyee

Book on Asian nations’ response to rise of West offers lessons for US. But they won’t be heeded.

Source: Trump’s ‘America First’ Doctrine Has Been Tried — and Failed | The Tyee

In the 17th century, Japan chose an extreme Japan First policy. Rather than admit Europeans, they shut themselves off. A handful of Dutch traders were allowed to stay on an island in Nagasaki harbour, while the Tokugawa shoguns exterminated Christian converts as subversives. The approach lasted for more than two centuries.

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