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Japan
     

Japan

by Shelton Woods
 

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ISBN-10: 0781809894

ISBN-13: 9780781809894

Pub. Date: 02/01/2004

Publisher: Hippocrene Books, Inc.

How did the inhabitants of several small islands in the Pacific become the world's first non-Western industrialised nation? The answer is found in the fascinating story of Japan's political and social history. This narrative chronicles Japanese history from earliest settlement to the present. It details the establishment of imperial rule under the Yamato clan, the

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How did the inhabitants of several small islands in the Pacific become the world's first non-Western industrialised nation? The answer is found in the fascinating story of Japan's political and social history. This narrative chronicles Japanese history from earliest settlement to the present. It details the establishment of imperial rule under the Yamato clan, the transfer of power from emperor to shogun (supreme military leader), and the Edo period of Japanese isolationism. It also relates the industrial development of the Meiji Restoration, the devastating results of World War II, and Japan's remarkable recovery to become a democracy as well as an economic superpower. The book is the perfect introduction to this nation for students, travellers, businesspeople, and all curious readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780781809894
Publisher:
Hippocrene Books, Inc.
Publication date:
02/01/2004
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
Introductionxiii
The Shaping of Japan's World (4000 B.C.-A.D. 250)1
Geography1
Jimmu and Creation Myths of Japan4
Jomon Japan (2500-250 B.C.)6
Yayoi Japan (250 B.C.-A.D. 250)10
The Way of the Gods--Shinto Thought14
Transition from Yayoi to Yamato Japan (250-600)21
Buddhism and Japan25
The Seventeen-Article Constitution of 60428
Confucianism and Japan28
Buddhism and the Seventeen-Article Constitution32
Legalism and the Constitution35
The Soga Fall36
Heian Japan (794-1185)39
Emperor/Land/Taxes39
A Capital for an Emperor41
Japan on Its Own43
The Shoen (Estate) System46
The Rise of the Military Class48
Heian Culture51
Civil War and the Rise of the Shogunate54
Shogun Rule in Japan (1192-1868)57
The Kamakura Bakufu (1192-1333)57
Hojo Power58
Mongol Invasions59
Emperor Go-Daigo (1288-1339)62
Muromachi Japan (1338-1573)64
Medieval Culture in Japan65
The Warring States Period70
Japan's Three Unifiers77
Oda Nobunaga (1534-1582)78
Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536-1598)79
Tokugawa Ieyasu (1542-1616)83
Tokugawa Japan (1600-1868)85
Daimyo and Division of the Land (Sankin Kotai)85
The Role of the Peasants91
The Emergence of the Japanese City93
Foreign Relations98
Nineteenth-Century Crises100
Pressure from Outside102
America and Japan104
Perry and the Opening of Japan106
Japan's Response to the West109
Meiji Japan (1868-1912)113
Japan's Modernization115
Meiji Constitution122
Industrialization and Military Victories124
Japan at the End of the Meiji Era126
Taisho Japan (1912-1926)127
Taisho Democracy129
Tensions with the West131
Social Revolution134
Showa Japan (1926-1989)139
The Rise of Militarism (1927-1936)139
Japan at War (1937-1945)146
The MacArthur/Yoshida Years (1945-1951)165
Japan's Economic Marvel173
Japanese-U.S. Relations175
Japan and the Future177
Conclusion183
Glossary of Japanese Names and Terms189
Bibliography203
Index207

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