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Japan: Its History and Culture

By W. Scott Morton

W Scott Morton
Released: 2004-08-09
Paperback (340 pages)

Japan: Its History and Culture
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This is a revision of the long successful, short, illustrated cultural history of Japan, from its beginnings about 3000 BC to the present day, first published in 1970 and continuously in use over several editions in colleges and universities nationwide. It is designed as a straightforward, detail-rich portrait of a nation not well understood in the West. The position of Japan on the international scene has changed markedly since the current edition was published in 1994: Japan had been a star of postwar industrial production and methods; over the past few years, it has encountered serious trouble with market forces; its financial practices, particularly the tacit collaboration between powerful factions in government and industry, has come under question and even attack. departure from tradition have begun to have a significant presence. The book is distinctive in its incorporation of cultural elements, at their high point, into the unfolding story of political events. Rather than just following the political and military course of history, treating them separately from the cultural side, Morton presents an integrated view, showing the parallel development of cultural and political events, as well as their influence on each other. For example, the sweeping effect of Chinese culture on Japanese is treated as an organic whole, exploring its results in government, social life, religion and art. The book also casts fascinating sidelights on significant personalities, works of literature and historic events. Balanced treatment is key; each period in the past is given equal treatment, with somewhat more emphasis on contemporary history and recent developments.

Japan: History of Japan: The Most Important People, Places and Events in Japanese History. From Japanese Art to Modern Manga. From Asian Wars to Modern Superpower.

By Rui Kanda

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Paperback (74 pages)

Japan: History of Japan: The Most Important People, Places and Events in Japanese History. From Japanese Art to Modern Manga. From Asian Wars to Modern Superpower.
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History of Japan: The Most Important People, Places and Events in Japanese History. From Japanese Art to Modern Manga. From Asian Wars to Modern Superpower. Now tell us – did you ever like Japan? Do you know anything about its history, or just what you learned from television and anime, in general? That’s a good starting point, anyway. If you want to delve deeper into Japanese history, in chronological order, and see the main events that transformed Japan into what it is today, you’ve just hit the Jackpot. What will you learn from this book? Among others: - The main stages in Japanese history, from the most ancient one, the Jomon period to Imperial Japan. Each of them will be explained so that everybody can understand them, without technical terms that harden the absorption of information. - Japan during the Middle Ages. - Everything about shoguns, shogunates and all other forms of governance. - The situation in Japan during World War II and after that - The most important battles between Japan and the United States of America - The fall of the Empire of Japan - Japanese politics - The catastrophic Japanese deflation that ruined the economy for decades on end - Japanese culture and what makes it so unique in the world - Valuable information on anime and manga as distinct avatars of Japanese culture - The tourism in Japan and why it is so important for the economic growth of the state This book is for you, no matter if you are a student or a professor, or you just want to learn more about Japanese culture and history.

A History of Japan: From Stone Age to Superpower

By K. Henshall

Brand: Palgrave Macmillan
Released: 2012-05-22
Paperback (288 pages)

A History of Japan: From Stone Age to Superpower
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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.

A Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present

By Andrew Gordon

Brand: Oxford University Press, USA
Paperback (432 pages)

A Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present
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A Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present, Third Edition, paints a richly nuanced and strikingly original portrait of the last two centuries of Japanese history. It takes students from the days of the shogunate--the feudal overlordship of the Tokugawa family--through the modernizing revolution launched by midlevel samurai in the late nineteenth century; the adoption of Western hairstyles, clothing, and military organization; and the nation's first experiments with mass democracy after World War I. Author Andrew Gordon offers the finest synthesis to date of Japan's passage through militarism, World War II, the American occupation, and the subsequent economic rollercoaster.

New to the Third Edition

* The previous edition's final chapter has been extensively revised for the third edition. Retitled "Japan's 'Lost Decades", it now covers the timespan from 1989 through 2008.
* An entirely new final chapter examines Japan's tumultuous recent history in a global context. Beginning with the financial crisis of 2008, it takes readers up to the traumatic events of 3/11/11, and through the aftermath of this disaster. The chapter includes a color insert with maps and photographs that document the cataclysm.
* More "voices" of ordinary people integrated into the narrative
* Increased coverage of cultural history topics, such as anime and manga

A Concise History of Japan (Cambridge Concise Histories)

By Brett L. Walker

Walker Brett L
Released: 2015-02-26
Paperback (359 pages)

A Concise History of Japan (Cambridge Concise Histories)
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To this day, Japan's modern ascendancy challenges many assumptions about world history, particularly theories regarding the rise of the west and why the modern world looks the way it does. In this engaging new history, Brett L. Walker tackles key themes regarding Japan's relationships with its minorities, state and economic development, and the uses of science and medicine. The book begins by tracing the country's early history through archaeological remains, before proceeding to explore life in the imperial court, the rise of the samurai, civil conflict, encounters with Europe, and the advent of modernity and empire. Integrating the pageantry of a unique nation's history with today's environmental concerns, Walker's vibrant and accessible new narrative then follows Japan's ascension from the ashes of World War II into the thriving nation of today. It is a history for our times, posing important questions regarding how we should situate a nation's history in an age of environmental and climatological uncertainties.

The Japanese Mind: Understanding Contemporary Japanese Culture

By Roger J. Davies

Roger J Davies
Released: 2002-03-15
Paperback (280 pages)

The Japanese Mind: Understanding Contemporary Japanese Culture
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  • JAPANESE PEAOPLE ATTITUDES, BEHAVIOR PATTERNS, AND COMMUNICATION STYLES
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In The Japanese Mind, Roger Davies offers Westerners an invaluable key to the unique aspects of Japanese culture.

Readers of this book will gain a clear understanding of what really makes the Japanese, and their society, tick. Among the topics explored: aimai (ambiguity), amae (dependence upon others' benevolence), amakudari (the nation's descent from heaven), chinmoku (silence in communication), gambari (perseverence), giri (social obligation), haragei (literally, "belly art"; implicit, unspoken communication), kenkyo (the appearance of modesty), sempai-kohai (seniority), wabi-sabi (simplicity and elegance), and zoto (gift giving), as well as discussions of child-rearing, personal space, and the roles of women in Japanese society. Includes discussion topics and questions after each chapter.

All in all, this book is an easy-to-use introduction to the distinguishing characteristics of Japanese society; an invaluable resource for anyone—business people, travelers, or students—perfect for course adoption, but also for anyone interested in Japanese culture.

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Now available separately, Japanese Culture: The Religious and Philosophical Foundations is a fascinating journey through Japan's rich cultural history.

The Clash: U.S.-Japanese Relations Throughout History

By Walter LaFeber

Walter LaFeber
Paperback (544 pages)

The Clash: U.S.-Japanese Relations Throughout History
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Winner of the Bancroft Prize.

When Commodore Matthew Perry sailed into Tokyo harbor in July 1853, opening Japan to the West, a century and a half of economic, cultural, and occasionally violent clashes between Americans and Japanese began. Walter LaFeber, one of America's leading historians, has written the first book to tell the entire story behind the disagreements, tensions, and skirmishes between Japan ― a compact, homogenous, closely knit society terrified of disorder ― and America ― a sprawling, open-ended society that fears economic depression and continually seeks an international marketplace. Using both American and Japanese sources, LaFeber provides the history behind the vicissitudes of rearming Japan, the present-day tensions in U.S.-Japan trade talks, Japan's continuing importance in financing America's huge deficit, and both nations' drive to develop China ― a shadow that has darkened American-Japanese relations from the beginning. "Broad and deeply researched. . . . The Clash is beautifully written, with clear arguments and no irrelevancies."―Gaddis Smith, Boston Globe "[This] work will easily become the best history of U.S.-Japanese relations in any language."―Akira Iriye, professor of history, Harvard University "[LaFeber] succeeds brilliantly. . . . [W]ell-researched, meticulously sourced and highly readable."―Don Oberdorfer, Washington Post Book World Photographs, illustrations and maps

Showa 1944-1953: A History of Japan (Showa: A History of Japan)

By Shigeru Mizuki

Drawn Quarterly
Released: 2014-11-11
Paperback (536 pages)

Showa 1944-1953: A History of Japan (Showa: A History of Japan)
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A sweeping yet intimate portrait of the legacy of World War II in Japan

"Showa 1944 1953: A History of Japan" continues the award-winning author Shigeru Mizuki's autobiographical and historical account of the Showa period in Japan. This volume recounts the events of the final years of the Pacific War, and the consequences of the war's devastation for Mizuki and the Japanese populace at large.
After the surprise attack at Pearl Harbor, Japan and the United States are officially at war. The two rival navies engage in a deadly game of feint and thrust, waging a series of microwars across the tiny Pacific islands. From Guadalcanal to Okinawa, Japan slowly loses ground. Finally, the United States unleashes the deathblow with a new and terrible weapon the atomic bomb. The fallout from the bombs is beyond imagining.
On another front, "Showa 1944 1953" traces Mizuki's own life story across history's sweeping changes during this period, charting the impact of the war's end on his life choices. After losing his arm during the brutal fighting, Mizuki struggles to decide where to go: whether to remain on the island as an honored friend of the local Tolai people or return to the rubble of Japan and take up his dream of becoming a cartoonist. "Showa 1944 1953 "is a searing condemnation of the personal toll of war from one of Japan's most famous cartoonists."



 
 
 

 
 
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