Japan

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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781809894
  • Publisher: Hippocrene Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2004
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction xiii
The Shaping of Japan's World (4000 B.C.-A.D. 250) 1
Geography 1
Jimmu and Creation Myths of Japan 4
Jomon Japan (2500-250 B.C.) 6
Yayoi Japan (250 B.C.-A.D. 250) 10
The Way of the Gods--Shinto Thought 14
Transition from Yayoi to Yamato Japan (250-600) 21
Buddhism and Japan 25
The Seventeen-Article Constitution of 604 28
Confucianism and Japan 28
Buddhism and the Seventeen-Article Constitution 32
Legalism and the Constitution 35
The Soga Fall 36
Heian Japan (794-1185) 39
Emperor/Land/Taxes 39
A Capital for an Emperor 41
Japan on Its Own 43
The Shoen (Estate) System 46
The Rise of the Military Class 48
Heian Culture 51
Civil War and the Rise of the Shogunate 54
Shogun Rule in Japan (1192-1868) 57
The Kamakura Bakufu (1192-1333) 57
Hojo Power 58
Mongol Invasions 59
Emperor Go-Daigo (1288-1339) 62
Muromachi Japan (1338-1573) 64
Medieval Culture in Japan 65
The Warring States Period 70
Japan's Three Unifiers 77
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 Peasants 91
The Emergence of the Japanese City 93
Foreign Relations 98
Nineteenth-Century Crises 100
Pressure from Outside 102
America and Japan 104
Perry and the Opening of Japan 106
Japan's Response to the West 109
Meiji Japan (1868-1912) 113
Japan's Modernization 115
Meiji Constitution 122
Industrialization and Military Victories 124
Japan at the End of the Meiji Era 126
Taisho Japan (1912-1926) 127
Taisho Democracy 129
Tensions with the West 131
Social Revolution 134
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 Marvel 173
Japanese-U.S. Relations 175
Japan and the Future 177
Conclusion 183
Glossary of Japanese Names and Terms 189
Bibliography 203
Index 207
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