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Japan's transformation from an isolated society to a military empire and, after a crushing defeat in World War II, into one of the world's foremost economic powers is one of the most fascinating stories of modern history. Although much has been written about modern Japan, no reference book has analyzed its political, economic, social, and cultural history to render a holistic account of the sweeping changes Japan has undergone since 1850. Now, with The Columbia Guide to Modern Japanese History, Gary D. Allinson presents this much-needed learning resource for students of Japanese society and for lay readers seeking to better understand the economic powerhouse of East Asia during the 150 years that have catapulted it to international preeminence.

The Columbia Guide to Modern Japanese History is a unique work in which readers will find:

- a balanced narrative treating each facet of Japanese history — political, social, economic, and cultural — across four periods covering the years from 1850 to the present;

- an encyclopedia-style topical compendium including more than 150 entries on such key subjects as Japan's emperors, political leaders, business enterprises, social organizations, and leading writers;

- excerpts from important historical documents;

- a chronology and list of prime ministers, providing easy reference to important historical dates, periods, and people;

- an annotated guide to further research, including print, film, and electronic resources.

Readily accessible to all readers, Allinson's reference will be one that citizens, teachers, students, and academicians will consult often as they seek information on scores of topics. The Columbia Guide toModern Japanese History will endure as a valuable reference and learning tool for many years to come.

Book News Annotation:

This volume first provides a historical narrative addressing Japanese external relations, domestic political affairs, economic developments, social changes, and the characteristics of Japanese culture and ideas from 1850 on, followed by a compendium of information about the places, people, events, and terms used in the narrative. The last two parts consist of a detailed resource guide and an appendix presenting key historical documents and quantitative data.
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Synopsis:

The first all-inclusive, one-volume guide to the exciting history of modern Japan contains both a concise narrative of the political, economic, social, and cultural history of Japan since 1850 and an extensive reference apparatus. Encompassing a broad spectrum of well-organized and detailed information, The Columbia Guide to Modern Japanese History facilitates a hands-on approach — assuming little or no previous background in Japanese studies — by its convenient division into easy-to-use sections:

-- Section I: A narrative overview organized chronologically into four periods arranges the history into convenient categories outlining the major issues and trends in external relations, domestic politics, economic development, social change, and cultural life.

-- Section II: A topical compendium contains 150 encyclopedia-style entries divided into 13 categories such as Emperors, Political and Military Leaders, Businesses, Political Parties, Opposition Movements, Education, and Writers.

-- Section III: An annotated bibliographic resource guide divided into three parts — Printed Resources, Visual Resources, Electronic Resources — offers researchers concise descriptions of the best resources in English for further research on a wealth of topics.

-- Section IV: An appendix contains excerpts from key documents, a chronology, a list of prime ministers, two maps, and some statistical data that nicely complements Sections I and II of the work.

Spanning a multitude of topics, The Columbia Guide to Modern Japanese History offers a wealth of interpretive information to laymen, students, and specialists alike in order to bring the distinctive and dynamic modern history of one of theworld's most fascinating societies into sharper focus.

Synopsis:

Japan's transformation from an isolated society to a military empire and, after a crushing defeat in World War II, into one of the world's foremost economic powers is one of the most fascinating stories of modern history. Although much has been written about modern Japan, no reference book has analyzed its political, economic, social, and cultural history to render a holistic account of the sweeping changes Japan has undergone since 1850. Now, with The Columbia Guide to Modern Japanese History, Gary D. Allinson presents this much-needed learning resource for students of Japanese society and for lay readers seeking to better understand the economic powerhouse of East Asia during the 150 years that have catapulted it to international preeminence.

The Columbia Guide to Modern Japanese History is a unique work in which readers will find:

- a balanced narrative treating each facet of Japanese history — political, social, economic, and cultural — across four periods covering the years from 1850 to the present;

- an encyclopedia-style topical compendium including more than 150 entries on such key subjects as Japan's emperors, political leaders, business enterprises, social organizations, and leading writers;

- excerpts from important historical documents;

- a chronology and list of prime ministers, providing easy reference to important historical dates, periods, and people;

- an annotated guide to further research, including print, film, and electronic resources.

Readily accessible to all readers, Allinson's reference will be one that citizens, teachers, students, and academicians will consult often as they seek information on scores of topics. The Columbia Guide to Modern Japanese History will endure as a valuable reference and learning tool for many years to come.

Synopsis:

The first all-inclusive, single-volume guide to the history of modern Japan — conveniently divided into easy-to-use sections that provide a narrative, topical compendium, resource guide, and selected documents

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [201]-223) and index.

Table of Contents

Historical narrative. Preserving autonomy, 1850-1889 ; Integrating the nation, 1890-1931 ; Fighting for development, 1932-1973 ; Adapting to affluence, 1974-present — Topical compendium — Resource guide — Appendix.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780231111447
Author:
Allinson, Gary D.
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Asia - General
Subject:
Asia - Japan
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Japan History 1868-
Subject:
Latin America - General
Subject:
World History-Japan
Series:
Columbia Guides to Asian History
Publication Date:
19990731
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.30x6.23x.95 in. 1.23 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , The first all-inclusive, one-volume guide to the exciting history of modern Japan contains both a concise narrative of the political, economic, social, and cultural history of Japan since 1850 and an extensive reference apparatus. Encompassing a broad spectrum of well-organized and detailed information, The Columbia Guide to Modern Japanese History facilitates a hands-on approach — assuming little or no previous background in Japanese studies — by its convenient division into easy-to-use sections:

-- Section I: A narrative overview organized chronologically into four periods arranges the history into convenient categories outlining the major issues and trends in external relations, domestic politics, economic development, social change, and cultural life.

-- Section II: A topical compendium contains 150 encyclopedia-style entries divided into 13 categories such as Emperors, Political and Military Leaders, Businesses, Political Parties, Opposition Movements, Education, and Writers.

-- Section III: An annotated bibliographic resource guide divided into three parts — Printed Resources, Visual Resources, Electronic Resources — offers researchers concise descriptions of the best resources in English for further research on a wealth of topics.

-- Section IV: An appendix contains excerpts from key documents, a chronology, a list of prime ministers, two maps, and some statistical data that nicely complements Sections I and II of the work.

Spanning a multitude of topics, The Columbia Guide to Modern Japanese History offers a wealth of interpretive information to laymen, students, and specialists alike in order to bring the distinctive and dynamic modern history of one of theworld's most fascinating societies into sharper focus.

"Synopsis" by , Japan's transformation from an isolated society to a military empire and, after a crushing defeat in World War II, into one of the world's foremost economic powers is one of the most fascinating stories of modern history. Although much has been written about modern Japan, no reference book has analyzed its political, economic, social, and cultural history to render a holistic account of the sweeping changes Japan has undergone since 1850. Now, with The Columbia Guide to Modern Japanese History, Gary D. Allinson presents this much-needed learning resource for students of Japanese society and for lay readers seeking to better understand the economic powerhouse of East Asia during the 150 years that have catapulted it to international preeminence.

The Columbia Guide to Modern Japanese History is a unique work in which readers will find:

- a balanced narrative treating each facet of Japanese history — political, social, economic, and cultural — across four periods covering the years from 1850 to the present;

- an encyclopedia-style topical compendium including more than 150 entries on such key subjects as Japan's emperors, political leaders, business enterprises, social organizations, and leading writers;

- excerpts from important historical documents;

- a chronology and list of prime ministers, providing easy reference to important historical dates, periods, and people;

- an annotated guide to further research, including print, film, and electronic resources.

Readily accessible to all readers, Allinson's reference will be one that citizens, teachers, students, and academicians will consult often as they seek information on scores of topics. The Columbia Guide to Modern Japanese History will endure as a valuable reference and learning tool for many years to come.

"Synopsis" by , The first all-inclusive, single-volume guide to the history of modern Japan — conveniently divided into easy-to-use sections that provide a narrative, topical compendium, resource guide, and selected documents
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