Japan: A Concise History, Fourth Edition / Edition 4

Japan: A Concise History, Fourth Edition / Edition 4

by Milton W. Meyer
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0742541177

ISBN-13: 9780742541177

Pub. Date: 06/16/2009

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

The emergence of Japan as a political and economic global power has been one of the most remarkable success stories of modern history. Though small in geographic area, the archipelago is the tenth most populous country, with 128 million inhabitants crowded into an area the size of Montana. Its natural resources are almost nonexistent, yet today it ranks only second

Overview

The emergence of Japan as a political and economic global power has been one of the most remarkable success stories of modern history. Though small in geographic area, the archipelago is the tenth most populous country, with 128 million inhabitants crowded into an area the size of Montana. Its natural resources are almost nonexistent, yet today it ranks only second after the much larger United States as the most affluent and economically productive nation in the world. Its rich cultural heritage and high-tech society are equally vibrant.

For all readers wanting to better understand this dynamic country, this popular and accessible introduction offers an authoritative yet concise overview of two thousand years of Japanese history. Now fully updated to the present, this edition also includes an array of photographs and illustrations. The first half of the book explores the pre-Meiji era up to 1868. The second half traces domestic changes and relevant foreign issues in the modernizing era launched by the Meiji Restoration. Highlighting key historical events, Milton W. Meyer also includes cultural, artistic, and religious milestones. Summaries and datelines at the end of each chapter, as well as a glossary, offer additional essential reference points. With its clear explanations of Japanese traditions, religion, history, economics, politics, and relations with the West, this book provides an invaluable guide for understanding contemporary Japan.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742541177
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
06/16/2009
Edition description:
4th Edition
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introducing Japan
Part I: Traditional Japan: Prehistory to 1185
Chapter 2: Ancient Japan (to ca. 400 CE)
Chapter 3: Yamato Japan (ca. 400–700)
Chapter 4: Nara Japan (710–794)
Chapter 5: Heian Japan (794–1185)
Part II: Feudal Japan (1185–1868)
Chapter 6: Kamakuru Japan (1185–1333)
Chapter 7: Ashikaga Japan (1333–1603)
Chapter 8: Tokugawa Japan (1603–1868): Stability
Chapter 9: Tokugawa Japan: Change
Chapter 10: Tokugawa Japan: Western Intrusion
Part III: Modern Japan (1868–1945)
Chapter 11: Meiji Japan (1868–1912): Politics
Chapter 12: Meiji Japan: Economics and Society
Chapter 13: Meiji Japan: Foreign Relations
Chapter 14: Imperial Japan: World Power (1912–1922)
Chapter 15: Imperial Japan: Peace and Conflict (1922–1937)
Chapter 16: Imperial Japan: World War II (1937–1945)
Part IV: Postwar Japan (1945 to Present)
Chapter 17: Occupied Japan (1945–1952)
Chapter 18: Contemporary Japan (Since 1952): Domestic Affairs—Politics
Chapter 19: Contemporary Japan: Domestic Affairs—Economics and Society
Chapter 20: Contemporary Japan: Foreign Affairs

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