Japan, a Modern History

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2002 - History - 724 pages
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In the tradition of Jonathan Spence's The Search for Modern China, an authoritative, comprehensive, up-to-date modern history of Japan. In a brilliant history of Japan drawn from the top down and the bottom up, one of our best young historians conveys the turbulent political, economic, and social change that over four centuries positioned Japan as a modern world power. James McClain's compelling narrative conveys the impact of towering historical figures such as Ieyasu, the architect of the Tokugawa state, and the experiences of the Japanese everymanfarmers, soldiers, womenwhose struggles built a strong and prosperous nation. Not simply a success story, McClain's history traces the advances and reversals that marked Japan's path from a land ruled by lords and a warrior class to a modern parliamentary democracy, and from a small isolationist nation to a worldwide political and economic giant. McClain seasons his history with samplings of Japanese culture, from the exquisite haiku of Basho to the Nobel Prize-winning novelist Oe Kenzaburo. 70 b/w illustrations, 15 maps.
  

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Exactly what I was looking for: an overview of modern Japanese history. Goes into detail, but not too much detail. Explains the influence of both leaders and common people, discusses the status of working people, women, marginalized peoples, etc. Great, comprehensive, readable book. Read full review

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I'm reading this on and off. What I like so far about the book is that it focuses on culture, where he groups topics during different time periods. I was reading another history of Japan which was ... Read full review

Contents

The Tokugawa Polity
5
Maps
13
O Tokugawa leyasu and the Office of Shogun 16 D Securing
39
An Urban Revolution 50 O Cities and Commerce 54 O Commercial
69
Bushido and Samurai Ethics 77 Q Merchant Reflections
98
JAPAN IN REVOLUTIONARY TIMES
114
Economic Woes Social Dissidence 120 Q New Discourses
153
Q Learning about the West 169 Q The Iwakura Mission
171
Party Politicians Challenge the Oligarchs 318 Q Mainstream Parties
351
The Contrasting Sides of the Modern Economy 358 Q Restive
379
Q Whither Japan?
393
The Manchurian Incident 407 Q The Revolutionary Right and Terrorism
436
Sliding into War 442 Q Stalemated in China 447 Q The New Political
476
i4 The Greater East Asia War
482
War Politics and Economic Mobilization 483 Q Marshaling the Home
510
The Years of Occupation
523

The Oligarchs Contemplate a Constitution and Representative
184
Q Mr Ito Writes a Constitution 191 Q Civic Virtue and State
203
State Intervention and the Economic Infrastructure 208 Q The Matsukata
221
King Cotton and Japans Industrial Pioneers 225 O Big Business Heavy
240
Factory Workers 248 Q Husbands and Wives 256 Q Children
272
JAPAN IN THE NEW CENTURY
278
Redefining Borders and Relationships 285 Q An Emerging Imperialist
301
New Awakenings New Modernities
316
Q Democratization 537 Q Decentralization 543 Q The Reverse
555
The LDP Rules 565 Q Highspeed Growth and Government
576
Q Affluence and the New Middle Class 582 O Farm Families and the Good
597
Bursting Bubbles 600 Q Assessing Blame and Finding Cures for the Endofthe
628
NOTES
11
FURTHER READINGS
34
CREDITS
56
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McClain is Professor of History at Brown University.

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