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Saint Maur International School has sat on the bluff overlooking Yokohama, Japan since 1872. It is Japan’s oldest international school and one of the oldest of its kind in the world. Historian, teacher, and author Glenn Scoggins celebrates the school’s sesquicentennial with Steadfast: Saint Maur’s 150 Years on Yokohama’s Bluff, presenting the fascinating, interlocking histories of Japan, Yokohama, and Saint Maur over the centuries.


With a unique and idiosyncratic approach to history, Scoggins champions feminist histories, highlighting the fierce women who were foundational to the school. In the early days, there is the hopeful, steely Mother Mathilde Raclot under whose leadership and dedication the Saint Maur sisters established Saint Maur in a country where the practice of Christianity was still illegal. We also meet funny and fearless Sister Carmel O’Keefe; assigned the daunting task of overseeing the school in the immediate wake of World War II, she revives the school from the ashes and steers it into the 21st century.


Having taught at Saint Maur for 45 years, Scoggins also brings his expatriate perspective and story to the history. With its mix of primary-source material and firsthand accounts, Steadfast is expansive and intimate in its scope.

Steadfast: Saint Maur's 150 Years on the Yokohama Bluff by Glenn Scoggins

Expected to ship Fall 2023
  • ISBN: 9781634050470

    Publication Date: 05/00/2023

    Pages: 416 

    Size: (w) x (h) x 1 in

    Type: Paperback

    Language: English

  • Glenn Scoggins taught history at Saint Maur International School in Yokohama, Japan, for 45 years before retiring in 2022, the school's 150th anniversary.

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