Japan: A Concise History, Fourth Edition / Edition 4

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

George M. Wilson
PRAISE FOR PREVIOUS EDITIONS Meyer succeeds in compacting a truly impressive mass of information. The format he uses features brevity, but never paucity of data. He manages to incorporate useful Japanese phrases for specialists without wasting the general reader's time with detailed explanations. His chapter on contemporary politics shows all his strengths.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742541177
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/16/2009
  • Edition description: 4th Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Introducing Japan 1
Pt. 1 Traditional Japan
1 Ancient Japan (to ca. A.D. 400) 17
2 Yamato Japan (ca. 400-700) 27
3 Nara Japan (710-794) 43
4 Heian Japan (794-1185) 53
Pt. 2 Feudal Japan
5 Kamakuru Japan (1185-1333) 67
6 Ashikaga Japan (1333-1603) 81
7 Tokugawa Japan (1603-1868): Stability 97
8 Tokugawa Japan: Change 107
9 Tokugawa Japan: Western Intrusion 119
Pt. 3 Modern Japan
10 Meiji Japan (1868-1912): Politics 133
11 Meiji Japan: Economics and Society 149
12 Meiji Japan: Foreign Relations 157
13 Imperial Japan: World Power, (1912-1922) 171
14 Imperial Japan: Peace and Conflict (1922-1937) 183
15 Imperial Japan: World War II (1937-1945) 197
Pt. 4 Postwar Japan
16 Occupied Japan (1945-1952) 211
17 Contemporary Japan (Since 1952): Domestic Affairs - Politics 225
18 Contemporary Japan: Domestic Affairs - Economics and Society 237
19 Contemporary Japan: Foreign Affairs 251
Glossary 277
Bibliography 285
Index 321
About the Author 331
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