The History of Japan (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 1998 - History - 244 pages
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Every school and public library should update its resources on Japan with this engagingly written and succinct narrative history covering prehistoric times through 1997. This history, based on the most recent scholarship, provides a chronological narrative examining the political, cultural, philosophical, and religious continuities in Japan's long, rich history in an exploration of why the Japanese are who they are today. Unlike earlier histories of Japan, it brings into sharp focus a discussion of women and other previously ignored subjects. It also provides a timeline of events in Japanese history, a glossary of Japanese terms, biographical sketches of important figures, and a bibliographic essay of interest to students and general readers. The first three chapters examine the prehistoric and early feudal foundations of Japan's unique culture. Perez, an expert on Japanese history, places special emphasis on the development and flowering of the religious and cultural aspects of Japanese society. The next three chapters focus on the foundation of Japanese political thought--the basis of Japan's late 19th century modernization. Two chapters cover Japan's descent into the "Valley of Darkness": militarism, ultra-nationalism, and World War II, followed by the American occupation and the "re-inventing" of Japanese culture. The final two chapters detail Japan's struggle from the 1970s through 1997 with a new global identity--that of the world's most productive industrial economy.
  

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Review: The History of Japan (The Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations)

User Review  - Regina Hunter - Goodreads

everything is very basic and details about WWII from Japanese perspective are missing (at least not the ones I looked for. Read full review

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User Review  - Valerie Sherman - Goodreads

So, I had History of Religion in Japan with Prof. Perez, and he assigned this book, which he wrote, and he told us that he donates all the proceeds to the ACLU because he doesn't need any more money. That is awesome. Read full review

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Contents

A Wonderful Place
1
Early Japan
11
Feudal Japan
25
The Tokugawa Era 16001868
55
The Meiji Era 18681912
93
Prewar Japan
129
The Pacific War and Allied Occupation
143
A New Japan
161
Japan in the 1990s
175
Notable People in the History of Japan
205
The SatChō Oligarchy Genrō
213
Premiers
215
Glossary of Selected Terms
217
Bibliographic Essay
225
Index
227
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About the author (1998)

LOUIS G. PEREZ is Professor of Japanese History at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois.

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