Japan in World History

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Oxford University Press, Feb 4, 2010 - History - 176 pages
Japan in World History ranges from Japan's prehistoric interactions with Korea and China, to the Western challenge of the late 1500s, the partial isolation under the Tokugawa family (1600-1868), and the tumultuous interactions of more recent times, when Japan modernized ferociously, turned imperialist, lost a world war, then became the world's second largest economy--and its greatest foreign aid donor. Writing in a lively fashion, Huffman makes rich use of primary sources, illustrating events with comments by the people who lived through them: tellers of ancient myths, court women who dominated the early literary world, cynical priests who damned medieval materialism, travelers who marveled at "indecent" Western ballroom dancers in the mid-1800s, and the emperor who justified Pearl Harbor. Without ignoring standard political and military events, the book illuminates economic, social, and cultural factors; it also examines issues of gender as well as the roles of commoners, samurai, business leaders, novelists, and priests.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER 1 Before the Brush to 645 CE
1
Rule by Law and Taste 6451160
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The Long Rise 11601550
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CHAPTER 4 PeaceAnd Its Benefits 15501850
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CHAPTER 5 The Nation Transformed 18501905
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CHAPTER 6 Engaging the World for Good and for Ill 19051945
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CHAPTER 7 A New Kind of Power after 1945
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Chronology
129
Notes
131
Further Reading
139
Websites
143
Acknowledgments
145
Index
147
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James L. Huffman is H. Orth Hirt Professor of History Emeritus at Wittenberg University.

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