A Short History of Japan: From Samurai to Sony

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Curtis Andressen
Allen & Unwin, 2002 - History - 252 pages
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From the dawn of time when the first settlers arrived in the islands of Japan, through feudalism with its heavy imprint of authoritarianism to 20th-century adventurism, American occupation, breakneck economic growth and contemporary uncertainty, Andressen traces the key aspects of Japanese culture and how these have manifested in the country's political system, economy and society to create a distinct identity. It is intended for anyone with a practical reason for knowing more about Japan - students, teachers, travellers, business people - as well as those for whom fresh insights into Japan's rich culture and unique history would make compelling reading.

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User Review  - William Lubold - Goodreads

Most histories of Japan remind me of my high school history classes. They pack it in after World War Two. At last, one that doesn't drone on for eighty plus pages about the various forms of noh plays, and actually pays attention to Japan's postwar boom, bubble economy, and aftermath. Read full review

About the author (2002)

Curtis is a senior lecturer in the School of Policitcal and International Studies at Flinders University, South Australia.

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