Modern Japan: A History in Documents / Edition 2

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Employing a wide range of primary source materials, Modern Japan: A History in Documents, Second Edition, provides a colorful narrative of Japan's development since 1600. A variety of diary entries, letters, legal documents, and poems brings to life the early modern years, when Japan largely shut itself off from the outside world. A picture essay highlights the tumultuous decade and a half following the arrival of Commodore Matthew Perry and the U.S. Navy in 1853, which led to unprecedented changes and a new government. The dramatic rush to modernity in the late 1800s and early 1900s—accompanied by Japan's entry into the imperialist rivalry—is seen through travel accounts, novelists' recollections, and imperial rescripts, while editorial cartoons and prison memoirs recount the early twentieth-century rush, first toward pluralism, then toward war. Japan's recovery after defeat in World War II and its emergence as a vibrant democracy with the second largest economy in the world is chronicled through records as diverse as a funeral eulogy, a comic book description of Adam Smith's economic theories, and an e-journal interview. The documents are woven together in a scintillating narrative that brings to life one of the world's most remarkable national stories.

The second edition includes an updated introduction with a note on sources and interpretation and twenty-five new documents including new evidence of Japanese imperialism, especially its expansion into Korea; the role of minorities in modern society; and events since the mid-1990s. There are additional editorial cartoons from the Meiji and Taisho eras, rare photos, archival maps, as well as excerpts from fiction and other literature, and updated further reading and website lists.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195392531
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 7/30/2010
  • Series: Pages from History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 673,080
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

James L. Huffman is H. Orth Hirt Professor of History Emeritus at Wittenberg University. He is the author of several books, including Japan in World History (OUP, 2009), and A Yankee in Meiji Japan: The Crusading Journalist Edward H. House (2003), and the editor of Modern Japan: An Encyclopedia of History, Culture, and Nationalism (1997).

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Table of Contents

What is a Document?

How to Read a Document

Introduction 1

Note on Sources and Interpretation 4

1 The Land of Shogun and Daimyo 9

A New Order 12

Fresh Understandings of the World 19

Life Under the Tokugawa 26

The Shogunate Under Challenge 33

2 Picture Essay: The Old Order Topples: 1853-68 39

Japan's Sense of the World 41

Perry's Arrival 42

A Land in Transition 43

Symbols of Change 44

A Lord's Demise 46

The Era's End 47

3 Confronting the Modern World: 1868-89 49

Envisioning a New Age 51

Creating a New System 58

An Energetic Society 65

4 Turning Outward: 1890-1912 73

Rising Nationalism 75

An Expansionist Turn 79

A Modern, Urban Society 88

5 Imperial Democracy: 1912-30 97

Modern Times 99

Reining in Diversity 112

6 The Dark Era: 1930-45 121

The Militarist Turn 123

War 135

7 The Reemergence: 1945-70 149

An Occupied Land 151

The Return to Normal Life 160

Affluence 165

8 Japan as a World Power: After 1970 175

Surmounting Crises 177

Awash in Capital 184

Toward a New Century 190

Timeline 200

Further Reading 202

Websites 205

Text Credits 206

Picture Credits 209

Index 211

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