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Japan : Its History and Culture (4TH 05 Edition)by W. Scott Morton
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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
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.
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
List of Illustrations vii
Foreword by Marius B. Jansen ix
Preface to the Fourth Edition xi
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
8 The Golden Age of Japanese Art 88
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
13 Expansion, Liberalism, and Militarism 168
14 Manchukuo, the China War, and World War II 178
15 Postwar Japan 190
16 Japan TodayEconomy 199
17 Japan TodayForeign Affairs and Political Life 231
18 Contemporary Japanese Society 261
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