A History of Japan to 1334, Volume 1

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Stanford University Press, 1958 - History - 500 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

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Contents

THE LAND
3
THE PEOPLE
12
THE YAMATO STATE
41
THE IMPACT OF CHINESE CULTURE
67
THE CAPITAL CITY 710774
82
THE NEW CAPITAL 794894
99
REACTION AGAINST CHINESE INFLUENCE
129
THE FUJIWARA REGENTS
139
KIYOMORI
264
THE GEMPEI WAR
289
THE EASTERN WARRIORS
306
THE FEUDAL STATE
339
THE HOJO REGENTS
371
ADMINISTRATIVE REFORMS AND RELATIONS WITH
386
THE HOJO REGENTS 124284
409
RELATIONS WITH THE ASIATIC MAINLAND
438

THE RULE OF TASTE
178
GOVERNMENT BY CLOISTERED EMPERORS
197
HEIAN SOCIETY ITS BELIEFS
212
THE GROWTH OF A WARRIOR CLASS
234
JAPAN AFTER THE MONGOL INVASIONS
451
BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTE
485
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About the author (1958)

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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