Japan: Its History and Culture [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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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: 9780071460620
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
  • Publication date: 8/30/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 342
  • Sales rank: 253,527
  • File size: 6 MB

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

Foreword
1 The origins and early history of the Japanese 4
2 The introduction of Chinese thought and culture 16
Asuka period : 552-710
3 The stimulating effect of Chinese culture 28
Nara period : 710-794
4 The Japanese pattern 36
Early Heian period : 794-857
Late Heian or Fujiwara period : 858-1158
5 The rise of the warrior class and the Gempei War 52
End of the Heian period : 1158-1185
6 Government by the military shogun 68
Kamakura period : 1185-1336
7 The Ashikaga Shogunate 81
Nambokucho : 1336-1392
Muromachi : 1392-1573
8 The golden age of Japanese art 88
1378-1490
9 The unification of Japan 101
Sengoku-Jidai, the period of the country at war : 1534-1615
10 Japan in isolation 119
The Tolugawa Shogunate : part I, 1615-1715
11 The winds of change 134
The Tokugawa Shogunate : part II, 1716-1867
12 The Meiji restoration and the modernization of Japan 147
1868-1914
13 Expansion, liberalism, and militarism 168
1914-1931
14 Manchukuo, the China war, and World War II 178
1931-1945
15 Postwar Japan 190
16 Japan today - economy 199
17 Japan today - foreign affairs and political life 231
18 Contemporary Japanese society 261
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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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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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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    Posted February 5, 2013

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    I REALLY LIKE HER MANE!

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    Cole ( GREAT BOOK )

    Mornin guys

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    Gen frembler

    Once a ally always an ally.

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