A History of Japan: From Stone Age to Superpower

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Springer, Apr 17, 2012 - Political Science - 288 pages
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In a rare combination of comprehensive coverage and sustained critical focus, this book examines Japan's progress through its entire history to its current status as an economic, technological, and cultural superpower. A key factor is a pragmatic determination to succeed. Little-known facts are also brought to light, and the latest findings used.
 

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Contents

Japan and History
1
Myths Prehistory and Ancient History to 710
5
Early and Medieval History 7101600
24
The Tokugawa Period 16001868
53
The Meiji Period 18681912
75
The Pacific War and its LeadUp
108
Postwar Successes and Beyond
142
The Heisei Years
181
Lessons for Aspiring Superpowers
217
Notes
225
References
260
Glossary of Japanese Terms
274
Index
278
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KENNETH HENSHALL was born in England and is professor of Japanese Studies at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He has published on a range of Japan-related topics such as history, society, language, and literature, and is author of the best-selling etymological work Guide to Remembering Japanese Characters.

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