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B>" By 1925, the process of Japan's transition to a modern industrialized, westernized state was pretty much complete. This impressive survey looks at developments at home, Japan's aggressive foreign policy. All books in the Seminar Studies in History series bridge the gap between textbook and specialist survey and begin with a brief "Introduction" and/or "Background" to the subject, valuable in bringing the reader up-to-speed on the area being examined, and there follows a substantial and authoritative section of "Analysis" focusing on the main themes and issues. Finally there is a succinct "Assessment" of the subject, a generous selection of "Documents" and a detailed bibliography. Examines Japan's foreign policy, particularly in China during the 1930s and 1940s, and her role in the Second World War. Finally, the post-war reconstruction orchestrated by the America is examined. Those interested in the history of Japan.
By 1925 the process of Japan's transition to a modern industrialised, westernised state was pretty much complete. Not only had the imperial tradition been restored with the Meiji Restoration in 1868, but some forms of democratic parliamentary institutions had been set up. However, during the years that followed, the so-called imperial democracy came under pressure as the Japanese sought to impose tight control over not only their own people but their neighbours as well. This impressive survey looks at developments at home, Japan's aggressive foreign policy particularly in China during the 1930s and 1940s, and her role in the Second World War. Finally, the post-war reconstruction orchestrated by the Americans is examined. The cut-off point is 1952 - the date when Allied Occupation formally came to an end and Japan once again became independent.
Table of Contents
I. INTRODUCTION. 1. Background and Historiography.
II. ANALYSIS. 2. Japan in 1925: A Society in Flux.
3. Domestic and International Tensions, 1925-30.
4. Japan's 'Mission in Asia'.
5. The Road to War.
6. Japan Goes to War.
7. The Allied Occupation.
III. ASSESSMENT. 8. Taking Advantage of Defeat: Japan in the Postwar Era.
IV. DOCUMENTS. Glossary.