A History of Japan, 1334-1615

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Stanford University Press, 1961 - History - 442 pages
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'All students of Japanese history will welcome the completion of this history...These volumes, with the author's earlier works, provide the standard and point of departure for future work in Japanese history.' -The American Historical Review

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User Review  - Neutiquam_Erro - LibraryThing

The second book in Sansom's History of Japan takes the reader from the succession disputes between the Senior and Junior lines of the royal house, through the revolt of Go-Daigo against the Hojo ... Read full review

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Sansom does a great job of covering this exciting period of Japanese history. Sure, the book's a tad dry, given all the bloodshed, but I really learned the history, culture, politics and religion. Read full review

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About the author (1961)

Born in London in 1883, George B. Sansom went on to serve in the great British diplomatist scholar tradition. As a youngster, he was educated at a lycee in France. Later he attended Giessen and Marburg universities. In the years following 1903, he held various posts in the consular and diplomatic service of Great Britain, from the early 1920s to 1940 serving as a key adviser in the British embassy in Tokyo.During this time, he amassed a great amount of knowledge about Japanese history and culture, and during and after World War II he acted in numerous advisory positions on Pacific affairs. Following the war he became Professor of Japanese studies at Columbia University and from 1949 to 1955 was director of the East Asian Institute. Sansom's dense but attractively written work on the great sweep of Japanese history influenced two generations of readers and students. In particular, his Japan: A Short Cultural History (1931) was the first text of choice for both the generation before and the generation after the war. His grand histories were the first in Western languages to draw heavily on the extensive historical literature in Japanese, and many of the questions he first raised more than a half century ago remain of critical interest today. Sansom's work continues to be of interest for the richness of writing and the quality of insight.

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