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A History of Japan (Blackwell History of the World)by Conrad Totman
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This authoritative and accessible book charts the history of Japan from c.8000 bc to the 1990s. Conrad Totman conceptualizes the country’s history in terms of four major ages: the age of foragers, dispersed agriculturalists, intensive agriculture, and industrialism. Within this framework, he traces the changing patterns of human-environment relations and examines their interplay with the more familiar realms of political, socio-economic, and cultural history.
The book treats the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries in considerable detail and gives fullest coverage to the twentieth century when this island nation became a major player on the stage of world history. In its survey of this recent history, it explores: diplomatic and domestic political affairs; economic development and change; class, gender, and ethnicity; ideology and political punditry; cultural production in the arts; letters, music, and popular entertainment; and environmental issues.
For the second edition, an epilogue has been added looking at Japan today and tomorrow, paying particular attention to environmental and diplomatic issues.
This work provides a narrative history of Japan from c.8000 BC until the 1990s. The author examines a variety of topics from geology to social, gender and environmental issues. The book offers an informative overview of the varied history of this region.
This authoritative and accessible book charts the history of Japan from c.8000 bc to the 1990s.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 544-562) and index.
About the Author
Conrad Totman is Professor Emeritus at Yale University. He has also taught Japanese history at the University of California, Santa Barbara and at Northwestern University. He is the author of ten previous books, including Japan before Perry: A Short History (1981), Early Modern Japan (1993), and Pre-industrial Korea and Japan in Environmental Perspective (2004).
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations.
Part I: Beginnings:.
1. Geology, Climate, and Biota.
2. From Origins to Agriculture.
Part II: The Age of Dispersed Agriculturalists (400 BCE - 1250 CE):.
3. Political Consolidation to 671 CE.
4. Establishing the Ritsuryô Order (672-750).
5. Ritsuryô Adaptation and Decay (750-1250).
6. Classical Higher Culture (750-1250).
Part III: The Age of Intensive Agriculture (1250-1890):.
7. The Centuries of Disorder (1250-1890).
8. Medieval Higher Culture (1250-1550).
9. Establishing the Bakuhan Order (1550-1700).
10. The Age of Growth (1590-1700).
11. Stasis and Decay (1700-1850).
12. Crisis and Redirection (1800-1890).
Part IV: The Age of Industrialism: Early Decades (1890-Present):.
13. Early Imperial Triumph (1890-1914).
14. Early Imperial Society and Culture.
15. Later Imperial Politics and Economy (1914-1945).
16. Later Imperial Society and Culture (1914-1945).
17. Drift to Disaster (1914-1945).
18. Entrepreneurial Japan: Politics and Economy (1945-1990).
19. Society and Environment (1945-1990).
20. The Culture of Entrepreneurial Japan (1945-1990).
Epilogue: Japan Today and Tomorrow.
A. Tables I-X.
B. Chinese Words: Wade-Giles & Pinyin Orthographies.
C. Glossary of Japanese Terms.
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