A History of Japan: 1615-1867

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Stanford University Press, 1963 - History - 258 pages
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Explains the structure of the feudal society, describes the rise of economic life and tells of the impact of Commodore Perry's arrival in 1853. Bibliographical notes
  

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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

Review: A History of Japan, 1334-1615 (A History of Japan #2)

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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

Contents

THE NATURE OF THE TOKUGAWA GOVERNMENT
3
HIDETADA AND IEMITSU
25
FOREIGN RELATIONS
35
THE GOVERNMENT OF THE FIEFS
46
IETSUNA SHOGUN 165180
53
LEARNING AND THE ARTS
69
RURAL LIFE
96
URBAN LIFE
111
GENROKU
151
THE BAKUFU IN DECLINE
173
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND SCIENTIFIC
181
THE KANSEI REFORM
193
THE FURTHER DECLINE OF THE BAKUFU
207
BREACHES IN THE SECLUSION POLICY
228
APPENDIX
245
INDEX
251

THE EXPANDING ECONOMY
120
THE SHOGUNATE 16801716
130

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About the author (1963)

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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