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Overview

Once a star of postwar industrial production and methods,

Japan has encountered serious trouble with market forces in

recent years. Social changes and departures from tradition are

becoming more common in this conservative country. The

revised edition of the popular work, Japan: Its History and

Culture, Fourth Edition, documents and explains these

changes. Seamlessly blending current events, politics, and

cultural elements, the authors provide a riveting account of

a nation often misunderstood by the West.

Since its publication in 1970, many students, travelers, business people, and other interested readers have found this one-volume work an ideal introduction to Japan. Morton now brings up to date the evolving history of the Japanese experience. Map. 38 photos.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071412803
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/9/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 342
  • Sales rank: 515,402
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

W. Scott Morton (New York, NY) is a full professor emeritus in

Chinese and Japanese history and culture and in ancient history

at Seton Hall University, in New Jersey.

J. Kenneth Olenik, Ph.D. (Upper Montclair, NJ) is a professor of

history at Montclair State University.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations viiForeword by Marius B. Jansen ixPreface to the Fourth Edition xiIntroduction 11 The Origins and Early History of the Japanese 42 The Introduction of Chinese Thought and Culture 16Asuka Period: 552–7103 The Stimulating Effect of Chinese Culture 28Nara Period: 710–7944 The Japanese Pattern 36Early Heian Period: 794–857Late Heian or Fujiwara Period: 858–11585 The Rise of the Warrior Class and the Gempei War 52End of the Heian Period: 1158–11856 Government by the Military Shogun 68Kamakura Period: 1185–13367 The Ashikaga Shogunate 81Nambokucho: 1336–1392Muromachi: 1392–15738 The Golden Age of Japanese Art 881378–14909 The Unification of Japan 101Sengoku-Jidai, the Period of the Country at War: 1534–161510 Japan in Isolation 119The Tokugawa Shogunate: Part I, 1615–171511 The Winds of Change 134The Tokugawa Shogunate: Part II, 1716–186712 The Meiji Restoration and the Modernization of Japan 1471868–191413 Expansion, Liberalism, and Militarism 1681914–193114 Manchukuo, the China War, and World War II 1781931–194515 Postwar Japan 19016 Japan Today—Economy 19917 Japan Today—Foreign Affairs and Political Life 23118 Contemporary Japanese Society 261Glossary 297Chronology 301Bibliography 321Index 325

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2012

    Kiku Honda

    I did not know people admired my country so much. I feel so lucky. *bows* thankyou.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    EXCELLENT reference book for paper or EASY leisure reading

    I purchased this book to use for a grad school paper I was doing on Japan. I needed a 30K foot view of the country to understand the country's customs, nuances, history as well as its relationship with the U.S. and other countries as an island nation.

    This book was perfect. It is broken into sections--time periods as well as topics. It is clearly organized and very useful. I enjoyed the authors' style of writing so much that it didn't feel like research !! The writing was eloquent but not too difficult for a high school or college student's EASY understanding.

    Not only did I get an A on the project, I learned so much about Japan and can appreciate and respect the country's complexities much better.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

    Good INtroductory Text

    I've been interested in Japanese arts and martial ways for a number of years. but, without some general framework for Japanese history the prints, calligraphy and swords are just lovely isolates.
    This was not my first survey text on Japan, It reads as a college text for an intro course. This is not a bad thing for the uninitiated. It was well prepared and presented, easy to read, but comprehensive.
    My principal complaint is the text size. The overall presentation of the material would have been improved with a larger point size of type. but then the book would have been larger, and more expensive.

    Overall, I recommend this book to someone seeking a good outline of Japanese history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2014

    To Kiku Honda

    I am one of those people who respect your people and culture and alot of my friends share the same interests and i am sure many other people do to;)

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  • Posted December 27, 2013

    I bought this book as a supplement to a course I was taking on J

    I bought this book as a supplement to a course I was taking on Japanese history. The texts for the course were excellent, but I wanted a brief, but well-done overview. This was it. It was excellent for that purpose, and yes, it does cover the culture as well.

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    I REALLY LIKE HER MANE!

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    Cole ( GREAT BOOK )

    Mornin guys

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