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Sources of Japanese Tradition, Abridged: Part 1: 1600 to 1868 / Edition 2

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Overview

For almost fifty years, Sources of Japanese Tradition has been the single most valuable collection of English-language readings on Japan. Unrivalled in its wide selection of source materials on history, society, politics, education, philosophy, and religion, the two-volume textbook is a crucial resource for students, scholars, and readers seeking an introduction to Japanese civilization.

Originally published in a single hardcover book, Volume 2 is now available as an abridged, two-part paperback. Part 1 covers the Tokugawa period to 1868, including texts that address the spread of neo-Confucianism and Buddhism and the initial encounters of Japan and the West. Part 2 begins with the Meiji period and ends at the new millennium, shedding light on such major movements as the Enlightenment, constitutionalism, nationalism, socialism, and feminism, and the impact of the postwar occupation. Commentary by major scholars and comprehensive bibliographies and indexes are included.

Together, these readings map out the development of modern Japanese civilization and illuminate the thought and teachings of its intellectual, political, and religious leaders.

Columbia University Press

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What People Are Saying

Akira Iriye

The volumes of Sources of Japanese Tradition have proved to be invaluable guides to the study of Japanese history and culture. The revised volume contains a large amount of new material, reflecting the recent scholarly achievements, especially in social and religious history. Its publication is welcome news to teachers and students of Japanese civilization and all those who are interested in the origins of contemporary Japanese society and culture.

Akira Iriye, author of Cultural Internationalism and World Order

Joshua Fogel

This book will be exceedingly useful to a wide variety of entry-level courses in Japanese history, culture, and civilization, as well as high-level courses in Japanese thought and religion.

Joshua Fogel, author of The Nanjing Massacre in History and Historiography

John W. Dower

Sources of Japanese Tradition is a treasure.... The appearance of this new edition is true cause for celebration by anyone seriously interested in Japan.

John W. Dower, author of Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II

John W. Dower

Sources of Japanese Tradition is a treasure.... The appearance of this new edition is true cause for celebration by anyone seriously interested in Japan.

John W. Dower, author of Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II

Joshua Fogel

This book will be exceedingly useful to a wide variety of entry-level courses in Japanese history, culture, and civilization, as well as high-level courses in Japanese thought and religion.

Joshua Fogel, author of The Nanjing Massacre in History and Historiography

Akira Iriye

The volumes of Sources of Japanese Tradition have proved to be invaluable guides to the study of Japanese history and culture. The revised volume contains a large amount of new material, reflecting the recent scholarly achievements, especially in social and religious history. Its publication is welcome news to teachers and students of Japanese civilization and all those who are interested in the origins of contemporary Japanese society and culture.

Akira Iriye, author of Cultural Internationalism and World Order

John W. Dower

Sources of Japanese Tradition is a treasure.... The appearance of this new edition is true cause for celebration by anyone seriously interested in Japan.

Joshua Fogel

This book will be exceedingly useful to a wide variety of entry-level courses in Japanese history, culture, and civilization, as well as high-level courses in Japanese thought and religion.

Akira Iriye

The volumes of Sources of Japanese Tradition have proved to be invaluable guides to the study of Japanese history and culture. The revised volume contains a large amount of new material, reflecting the recent scholarly achievements, especially in social and religious history. Its publication is welcome news to teachers and students of Japanese civilization and all those who are interested in the origins of contemporary Japanese society and culture.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231139175
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 9/26/2006
  • Series: Introduction to Asian Civilizations Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 648
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Wm. Theodore de Bary is the John Mitchell Mason Professor Emeritus and provost emeritus of Columbia University and currently holds the title of Special Service Professor. He has written extensively on Confucianism in East Asia and is the editor of the first editions of Sources of Chinese Tradition (Columbia) and Sources of Japanese Tradition (Columbia). Carol Gluck is the George Sansom Professor of History at Columbia University. She is the author of Japan's Modern Myths: Ideology in the Late Meiji Period.Arthur E. Tiedemann is a member of the Society of Senior Scholars at the Heyman Center for the Humanities, Columbia University. He is the author of Modern Japan: A Brief History.

Columbia University Press

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