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Japan: A Reinterpretation

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Publisher Comments:

Current Affairs/Asian Studies

Winner of the Overseas Press Club Award

for the best book on Foreign Affairs

A New York Times Notable Book of the year

"A stimulating, provocative book . . . fresh and valuable."  

--The New York Times Book Review

In 1868, Japan abruptly transformed itself from a feudal society into a modern industrial state. In 1945, the Japanese switched just as swiftly from imperialism and emperor-worship to a democracy. Today, argues Patrick Smith, Japan is in the midst of equally sudden and important change.

In this award-winning book, Smith offers a groundbreaking framework for understanding the Japan of the next millennium. This time, Smith asserts, Japan's transformation is one of consciousness--a reconception by the Japanese of their country and themselves.  Drawing on the voices of Japanese artists, educators, leaders, and ordinary citizens, Smith reveals a "hidden history" that challenges the West's focus on Japan as a successfully modernized country. And it is through this unacknowledged history that he shows why the Japanese live in a dysfunctional system that marginalizes women, dissidents, and indigenous peoples; why the "corporate warrior" is a myth; and why the presence of 47,000 American troops persists as a holdover from a previous era.  The future of Japan, Smit suggests, lies in its citizens' ability to create new identities and possibilities for themselves--so creating a nation where individual rights matter as much as collective economic success. Authoritative, rich in detail, Japan: A Re

interpretation is our first post-Cold War account of the Japanese and a timely guide to a society whose transformation will have a profound impact on the rest of the world in the coming years.

"Excellent . . . a penetrating examination."

--International Herald Tribune

Synopsis:

In this "New York Times" Notable Book, Patrick Smith offers a groundbreaking framework for understanding the Japan of the next millennium. Authoritative and rich in detail, the book is a timely guide to understanding a society whose changed are sure to have profound consequences around the world. "An invigorating blast of fresh air . . . An important book". "Time".

Synopsis:

In 1868, Japan abruptly transformed itself from a feudal society into a modern industrial state. In 1945, the same country converted from imperialism to Westernstyle democracy virtually overnight. Now, says journalist Patrick Smith, Japan is about to change again.

Smith offers a ground breaking framework for understanding the Japan of the next millennium. Drawing on Japanese artists, educators, leaders, and ordinary citizens, he forges an "internal history" that challenges the West's focus on Japanese modernization. The future of Japan, he suggests, lies not in a continuation of its postwar patterns, but in its citizens' efforts to create a nation where individual rights matter as much as collective economic success. Authoritative, rich in detail, Japan: A Reinterpretation is a timely guide to understanding a society whose changes are sure to have profound consequences around the world.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 346-363) and index.

About the Author

Patrick Smith has worked as an editor and correspondent for more than twenty years (fourteen of them in Asia) with, among other publications, the New York Times, the Financial Times of London, the International Herald Tribune, and The New Yorker. He is the author of The Nippon Challenge: Japan's Pursuit of the Americas Cup. He lives in Norfolk, Connecticut.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679745112
Author:
Smith, Patrick
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
History
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
International
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
Asia - Japan
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Allied occupation, 1945-1952
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Japan - History - Allied occupation, 1945-
Subject:
Japan Civilization 1945-
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Series Volume:
no. 510
Publication Date:
19980931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.00x5.30x.85 in. .66 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In this "New York Times" Notable Book, Patrick Smith offers a groundbreaking framework for understanding the Japan of the next millennium. Authoritative and rich in detail, the book is a timely guide to understanding a society whose changed are sure to have profound consequences around the world. "An invigorating blast of fresh air . . . An important book". "Time".
"Synopsis" by , In 1868, Japan abruptly transformed itself from a feudal society into a modern industrial state. In 1945, the same country converted from imperialism to Westernstyle democracy virtually overnight. Now, says journalist Patrick Smith, Japan is about to change again.

Smith offers a ground breaking framework for understanding the Japan of the next millennium. Drawing on Japanese artists, educators, leaders, and ordinary citizens, he forges an "internal history" that challenges the West's focus on Japanese modernization. The future of Japan, he suggests, lies not in a continuation of its postwar patterns, but in its citizens' efforts to create a nation where individual rights matter as much as collective economic success. Authoritative, rich in detail, Japan: A Reinterpretation is a timely guide to understanding a society whose changes are sure to have profound consequences around the world.

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