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Japan: Its History and Culture (Japan: It's History & Culture)

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A fascinating look at Japan's complex history

This revised fourth edition of the popular work, Japan: Its History and Culture, stretches from the nation's earliest known civilization (about 30009 BCE) to the present. Delightfully written in a continuous narrative form, it traces the many aspects of Japanese art, religion, the imperial court, militarism, race, geography, and agriculture, and carefully analyzes the rich social, political, and economic life of Asia's wealthiest nation.

This new edition also covers the fascinating new developments in Japan. 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, and the authors document and explain these changes. Seamlessly blending current events, politics, and cultural elements, the authors provide a riveting account of a nation often misunderstood by the West.

More than a chronicle of names and date, this book also casts fascinating sidelights on significant personalities, works of literature, and historic events. A brief chronology offers a quick and easy means of reference. Richly anecdotal and vividly illustrated with a map and many photographs, this book presents a panoramic view of Japan, old and new.

"Comprehensive, thorough, and sensitive, it covers the whole of Japanese activity to the present day. At last there exists a full and balanced assessment of what Japan means."--The London Times Literary Supplement

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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 often misunderstood by the West.

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Revised edition.

About 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.

Table of Contents

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List of Illustrations vii

Foreword by Marius B. Jansen ix

Preface to the Fourth Edition xi

Introduction 1

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 Tokugawa 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 TodayEconomy 199

17 Japan TodayForeign Affairs and Political Life 231

18 Contemporary Japanese Society 261

Glossary 297

Chronology 301

Bibliography 321

Index 325

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780071412803
Author:
Morton, W. Scott
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill
Author:
Olenik, J. Kenneth
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Asia - Japan
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Japan History.
Subject:
World History-Japan
Copyright:
Edition Number:
4
Series:
Japan: It's History & Culture
Publication Date:
August 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
342
Dimensions:
9.04x6.00x.56 in. .91 lbs.

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