Japan: A Concise History

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Aug 9, 2012 - History - 376 pages
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The emergence of Japan as a political and economic global power has been one of the most remarkable success stories of modern history. Though small in geographic area, the archipelago is the tenth most populous country, with 128 million inhabitants crowded into an area the size of Montana. Its natural resources are almost nonexistent, yet today it ranks only second after the much larger United States as the most affluent and economically productive nation in the world. Its rich cultural heritage and high-tech society are equally vibrant.

For all readers wanting to better understand this dynamic country, this popular and accessible introduction offers an authoritative yet concise overview of two thousand years of Japanese history. Now fully updated to the present, this edition also includes an array of photographs and illustrations. The first half of the book explores the pre-Meiji era up to 1868. The second half traces domestic changes and relevant foreign issues in the modernizing era launched by the Meiji Restoration. Highlighting key historical events, Milton W. Meyer also includes cultural, artistic, and religious milestones. Summaries and datelines at the end of each chapter, as well as a glossary, offer additional essential reference points. With its clear explanations of Japanese traditions, religion, history, economics, politics, and relations with the West, this book provides an invaluable guide for understanding contemporary Japan.
 

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User Review  - Chanelle - Goodreads

Probably a little too concise, really. Read full review

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User Review  - Benjamin Creutzfeldt - Goodreads

A useful history of modern Japan, drawing broad lines across the cultural and political developments, though not always making it easy to trace lines as clearly as one would like. Read full review

Contents

Introducing Japan
1
Part I Traditional Japan
19
Chapter 1 Ancient Japan
21
Chapter 2 Yamato Japan
31
Chapter 3 Nara Japan
47
Chapter 4 Heian Japan
59
Part II Feudal Japan
71
Chapter 5 Kamakura Japan
73
Foreign Relations
165
World Power
179
Peace and Conflict
191
World War II
205
Part IV Postwar Japan
219
Chapter 16 Occupied Japan
221
Domestic Affairs
235
Domestic AffairsEconomics and Society
257

Chapter 6 Ashikaga Japan
87
Stability
103
Change
113
Western Intrusion
125
Part III Modern Japan
137
Politics
139
Economics and Society
155
Foreign Affairs
283
Japanese Prime Ministers
305
Glossary
309
Bibliography
317
Index
345
About the Author
361
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Milton W. Meyer is professor emeritus of history at California State University, Los Angeles.

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