Japan in World History

Japan in World History

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by James L. Huffman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195368096

ISBN-13: 9780195368093

Pub. Date: 02/04/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Japan In World History ranges from Japan's prehistoric encounters with Korea and China, to the Western challenge of the late 1500s, the partial isolation under the Tokugawa family (1600-1868), and the tumultuous interactions of more recent times, when Japan modernized ferociously, turned imperialist, lost a world war, then became the world's second-largest

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Japan In World History ranges from Japan's prehistoric encounters with Korea and China, to the Western challenge of the late 1500s, the partial isolation under the Tokugawa family (1600-1868), and the tumultuous interactions of more recent times, when Japan modernized ferociously, turned imperialist, lost a world war, then became the world's second-largest economy-and its greatest foreign aid donor. Writing in a lively fashion, Huffman makes rich use of primary sources, illustrating events with comments by the people who lived through them: tellers of ancient myths, court women who dominated the early literary world, cynical priests who damned medieval materialism, travelers who marveled at "indecent" Western ballroom dancers in the mid-1800s, and the emperor who justified Pearl Harbor. Without ignoring standard political and military events, the book illuminates economic, social, and cultural factors; it also examines issues of gender as well as the roles of commoners, samurai, business leaders, novelists, and priests.

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ISBN-13:
9780195368093
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/04/2010
Series:
New Oxford World History Series
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Before the brush (to 645 CE) 1

Ch. 2 Emperors and aristocrats : rule by law and taste (645-1160) 19

Ch. 3 Warriors : the long rise (1160-1550) 37

Ch. 4 Peace - and its benefits (1550-1850) 55

Ch. 5 The nation transformed (1850-1905) 72

Ch. 6 Engaging the world, for good and for ill (1905-1945) 91

Ch. 7 A new kind of power (after 1945) 109

Chronology 129

Notes 131

Further reading 139

Websites 143

Acknowledgments 145

Index 147

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