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Samurai William: The Englishman Who Opened Japan
Samurai William: The Englishman Who Opened Japan
by Giles Milton
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An eye-opening account of the first encounter between England and Japan, by the acclaimed author of Nathaniel's Nutmeg In 1611, the merchants of London's East India Company received a mysterious letter from Japan, written several years previously by a... (read more)

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Japan Before Perry: A Short History
Japan Before Perry: A Short History
by Conrad Totman
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By 1853 Japan had been transformed from a sparsely populated land of nonliterate tribal peoples into an elaborately structured commercial society sustaining massive cities and a varied array of sophisticated cultural production. In this authoritative... (read more)

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Foreign Images and Experiences of Japan
Foreign Images and Experiences of Japan
by William Mcomie
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The first in a three-volume series, Volume 1 begins with the earliest written reports from China in the first century AD and ends with a survey of Dutch reports from 1841, which marks the point when 'Japan had been amply described in all major respects',... (read more)

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Samurai William: The Englishman Who Opened Japan
Samurai William: The Englishman Who Opened Japan
by Giles Milton
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With all the adventure and bloodcurdling battle scenes of his earlier book, "Nathaniel's Nutmeg," an acclaimed historian dazzles readers with the true story of William Adams, the first Englishman to set foot in Japan (and the inspiration for James... (read more)

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Modern Passings: Death Rites, Politics, and Social Change in Imperial Japan (Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia Un)
Modern Passings: Death Rites, Politics, and Social Change in Imperial Japan (Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia Un)
by Andrew Bernstein
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What to do with the dead? In Imperial Japan, as elsewhere in the modernizing world, answering this perennial question meant relying on age-old solutions. Funerals, burials, and other mortuary rites had developed over the centuries with the aim of... (read more)

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Famous Japanese Swordsmen: Of the Two Courts Period
Famous Japanese Swordsmen: Of the Two Courts Period
by William De Lange
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From the author of the bestselling Famous Japanese Swordsmen: The Warring States comes more solid sword history in the guise of thrilling narrative. The Two Courts Period was a turning point in Japan's medieval era-a time when an unbridgeable rift... (read more)

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Medieval Japan: Essays in Institutional History
Medieval Japan: Essays in Institutional History
by John W Hall
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This text on medieval Japan covers topics such as: the early development of the Shoen; estate and property in the Late Heian period; the emergence of the Kamakura Bakufu; Jito land possession in the 13th-century - the case of Shitaji; and the economic... (read more)

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Memorials of the Empire of Japon (Cambridge Library Collection - Travel and Exploration)
Memorials of the Empire of Japon (Cambridge Library Collection - Travel and Exploration)
by Thomas Rundall
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The publications of the Hakluyt Society (founded in 1846) made available edited (and sometimes translated) early accounts of exploration. The first series, which ran from 1847 to 1899, consists of 100 books containing published or previously unpublished... (read more)

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Translating the West: Language and Political Reason in Nineteenth-Century Japan
Translating the West: Language and Political Reason in Nineteenth-Century Japan
by Douglas R Howland
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In this rich and absorbing analysis of the transformation of political thought in nineteenth-century Japan, the author examines the transmission to Japan of key concepts -- liberty, rights, sovereignty, and society -- from Western Europe and the United... (read more)

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Samurai Tales: Courage, Fidelity and Revenge in the Final Years of the Shogun
Samurai Tales: Courage, Fidelity and Revenge in the Final Years of the Shogun
by Romulus Hillsborough
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andlt;bandgt;andlt;iandgt;Samurai Talesandlt;/iandgt; is about the legendary men reborn from the samurai class who fought for the helm of power in 19th century Japan.andlt;/bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;The final years of the samurai were an age of... (read more)

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Last Samurai : the Life and Battles of Saigo Takamori (04 Edition)
Last Samurai : the Life and Battles of Saigo Takamori (04 Edition)
by Mark Ravina
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On September 24, 1877, Saigõ Takamori, one of Japan's most loyal and honored samurai, died in the bloodiest conflict Japan had seen in over two hundred years, a battle led by Saigõ and his band of loyal students. Now, more than 125... (read more)

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Shoguns Reluctant Ambassadors
Shoguns Reluctant Ambassadors
by Katherine Plummer
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A fascinating study of 11 groups of Japanese merchant sailors who were pulled out to sea by strong currents and cast adrift on foreign shores.... (read more)

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The Forty-Seven Ronin Story
The Forty-Seven Ronin Story
by John Allyn
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47 Ronin Story is the classic Japanese story of Lord Asano of Ako and one of the bloodiest vendettas in Japan's feudal history. In a shocking clash between the warriors and the merchant class of seventeenth century Japan, there emerged the most unlikely... (read more)

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Giving Up the Gun
Giving Up the Gun
by Noel Perrin
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Was there ever a time when a civilization, technically sophisticated, and in full possession of its senses, reverted in an earlier, less advanced technology? You bet - Japan, 1543-1879. During this period Japan effectively prohibited all manufacture of... (read more)

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The Last Samurai: The Life and Battles of Saigo Takamori
The Last Samurai: The Life and Battles of Saigo Takamori
by Mark Ravina
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On September 24, 1877, Saigõ Takamori, one of Japan's most loyal and honored samurai, died in the bloodiest conflict Japan had seen in over two hundred years, a battle led by Saigõ and his band of loyal students. Now, more than 125... (read more)

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The Japanese Discovery of America: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford Series in History & Culture)
The Japanese Discovery of America: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford Series in History & Culture)
by Peter Duus
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Peter Duus (Ph. D., Harvard University) is the William H. Bonsall Professor of History at Stanford University. He has published widely on the history of modern Japan and is the editor of volume 6 of The Cambridge History of Japan. His most recent... (read more)

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Japan: A Short Cultural History
Japan: A Short Cultural History
by George B Sansom
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Its penetrating analysis of institutions, sensitive interpretations of cultural developments, and stylistic charm contrasted with the plodding pedestrian surveys and over-written anecdotal accounts that had hitherto served in the Occident as... (read more)

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The World Turned Upside Down: Medieval Japanese Society (Asia Perspectives: History, Society, and Culture)
The World Turned Upside Down: Medieval Japanese Society (Asia Perspectives: History, Society, and Culture)
by Pierre Franc Souyri
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This unique synthetic history of Japan's "middle ages" is a remarkable portrait of a complex period in the evolution of Japan. Using a wide variety of sources -- ranging from legal and historical texts to artistic and literary examples -- to form a... (read more)

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The Structure of Detachment: The Aesthetic Vision of Kuki Shuzo
The Structure of Detachment: The Aesthetic Vision of Kuki Shuzo
by Hiroshi Nara
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Published in 1930, when Japan was struggling to define and assert its national and cultural identity, The Structure of Iki (Iki no kozo) re-introduced the Japanese to a sophisticated tradition of urbane and spirited stylishness (iki) that was forged in... (read more)

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Hired Swords: The Rise of Private Warrior Power in Early Japan
Hired Swords: The Rise of Private Warrior Power in Early Japan
by Karl F Friday
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Tracing the evolution of state military institutions from the seventh to the twelfth centuries, this book challenges much of the received wisdom of Western scholarship on the origins and early development of warriors in Japan.... (read more)

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