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A Companion to Japanese History

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A Companion to Japanese History provides a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of debates and approaches within the study of Japan's history. The essays, written by a group of leading scholars in the field, balance discussion of traditional topics with newer themes of interest.

The volume presents a chronological survey of Japanese history from the country's earliest history up to the present day, giving readers insights into the key developments in each period of Japan's ...

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Overview

A Companion to Japanese History provides a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of debates and approaches within the study of Japan's history. The essays, written by a group of leading scholars in the field, balance discussion of traditional topics with newer themes of interest.

The volume presents a chronological survey of Japanese history from the country's earliest history up to the present day, giving readers insights into the key developments in each period of Japan's past. It also examines themes and alternative histories, with a particular emphasis on approaches and issues that will shape the future development of scholarship in Japanese history.

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"William M. Tsutsui introduces A C:oml~anion to Japanese History as an ambitious snapshot of Japan studies since the breakdown of the authority of modernization theory in the last half of the twentieth century." (Journal of World History, June 2010)

“The well-written contributions, which blend together skillfully to form a unified whole, reflect the authors’ authoritative knowledge of Japan … As a one-volume tour-de-force of Japanese history, this book stands out.” (American Reference Books Annual)

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2007

“Tsutsui has edited an invaluable and authoritative overview of current scholarship on the history of Japan. The 30 chapters, written by an international group of scholars, provide balanced treatment of traditional themes with coverage of recent trends, debates, and emerging perspectives … Essential. All levels/libraries.” (Choice)

"A vital reference tool for a large reference or academic library, providing a much needed fresh approach to the subject areas covered." (Reference Reviews)

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Meet the Author

William M. Tsutsui is Professor of History at the University of Kansas. He is the author of Godzilla on My Mind: Fifty Years of the King of Monsters (2004), Manufacturing Ideology: Scientific Management in Twentieth-Century Japan (1998), and Banking Policy in Japan: American Efforts at Reform During the Occupation (1988).

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Table of Contents

List of Maps viii

Notes on Contributors ix

Introduction William M. Tsutsui 1

Part I Japan Before 1600 11

1 Japanese Beginnings Mark J. Hudson 13

2 The Heian Period G. Cameron Hurst III 30

3 Medieval Japan Andrew Edmund Goble 47

Part II Early Modern Japan 67

4 Unification, Consolidation, and Tokugawa Rule Philip C. Brown 69

5 Social and Economic Change in Tokugawa Japan Edward E. Pratt 86

6 Intellectual Change in Tokugawa Japan Peter Nosco 101

7 Cultural Developments in Tokugawa Japan Lawrence E. Marceau 117

Part III Modern Japan: From the Meiji Restoration Through World War II 137

8 Restoration and Revolution James L. Huffman 139

9 Oligarchy, Democracy, and Fascism Stephen S. Large 156

10 Social and Economic Change in Prewar Japan Mark Jones Steven Ericson 172

11 Intellectual Life, Culture, and the Challenge of Modernity Elise K. Tipton 189

12 External Relations Frederick R. Dickinson 207

13 The Japanese Empire Y. Tak Matsusaka 224

14 The Fifteen-Year War W. Miles Fletcher III 241

Part IV Japan since 1945 263

15 The Occupation Mark Metzler 265

16 Postwar Politics Ray Christensen 281

17 The Postwar Japanese Economy Bai Gao 299

18 Postwar Society and Culture Wesley Sasaki-Uemura 315

19 Japan in the World Glenn D. Hook 333

Part V Themes in Japanese History 349

20 Women and Sexuality in Premodern Japan Hitomi Tonomura 351

21 Gender and Sexuality in Modern Japan Sally A. Hastings 372

22 Class and Social Stratification Ian Neary 389

23 Japan in Asia Leo Ching 407

24 Center and Periphery in Japanese Historical Studies Michael Lewis 424

25 Modernity, Water, and the Environment in Japan Gavan McCormack 443

26 Popular Culture E.Taylor Atkins 460

27 Rural Japan and Agriculture Eric C. Rath 477

28 Business and Labor Charles Weathers 493

29 Authority and the Individual J. Victor Koschmann 511

30 National Identity and Nationalism Kevin M. Doak 528

Consolidated Bibliography 545

Index 593

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