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Beasley, William G.
Praeger 1963 Dewey Dec. 952
Covers the history of Japan from the early 19th century to the post-WW2 period, with emphasis on social and economic as well as political factors. W.G. Beasley was a professor of history at the University of London and published several books on Japan.
Beasley, William G.
Univ. of California 1977 Dewey Dec. 952
A conference at Oxford in 1973 of scholars of Japan led to this disparate collection of 14 papers, ranging in chronology from an account of the Civil War of 1868 to the March 9, 1945 air raid on Tokyo.
Bix, Herbert P.
Perennial 2001 Dewey Dec. 952
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. “In this groundbreaking biography of the Japanese emperor Hirohito, Herbert P. Bix offers the first complete, unvarnished look at the enigmatic leader whose sixty-three-year reign ushered Japan into the modern world. … Supported by a vast array of previously untapped primary documents, Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan is perhaps most illuminating in lifting the veil on the mythology surrounding the emperor’s impact on the world stage. Focusing closely on Hirohito’s interactions with his advisers and successive Japanese governments, Bix sheds new light on the causes of the China War in 1937 and the start of the Asia-Pacific War in 1941.” – Publisher
Bowring, Richard, ed.
Cambridge Univ. 1993 Dewey Dec. 952
This volume is divided “into 8 categories: Geography, history, language, thought and religion, arts and crafts, society, politics, and economy. Each of these categories is further divided into 7-11 subjects that deal with numerous topics, such as the physical structure of the country, climate, education, family, judicial system, cinema, products, foreign policy, and important historical figures.” – Amer Ref Books An.
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Boyle, John Hunter
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 1993 Dewey Dec. 952
The author, who lived in Japan for five years as a soldier, government employee, Fulbright scholar, translator, and editor, surveys the history by examining the setting, Japanese society and culture.
Modern Library 2003 Dewey Dec. 952
Buruma traces the remarkable metamorphosis that transformed an isolated island shogunate into an expansive military empire and then into a pacified and prosperous democracy. An excellent introductory study. -Booklist.
De Bary, William T. et al., eds.
Columbia Univ. 2001 Dewey Dec. 952
Contents: 1. The Earliest Records of Japan — 2. Early Shinto — 3. Prince Shotoku and His Constitution — 4. Chinese Thought and Institutions in Early Japan 5. Nara Buddhism — Part II : Mahayana Universalism and the Sense of Hierarchy. — 6. Saicho and Mt. Hiei (Ryusaku Tsunoda and Paul Groner) — 7. Kukai and Esoteric Buddhism 8. The Spread of Esoteric Buddhism — 9. The Vocabulary of Japanese Aesthetics I — Part III : The Medieval Age : Despair, Deliverance, and Destiny — 10. Amida, the Pure Land, and the Response of the Old Buddhism to the New — 11. New Voices of History / Paul Varley — 12. The Way of the Warrior / Paul Varley — 13. Nichiren : The Sun and the Lotus / Philip Yampolsky — 14. Zen Buddhism / William Bodiford — 15. Shinto in Medieval Japan — 16. The Vocabulary of Japanese Aesthetics II — 17. Women’s Education — 18. Law and Precepts for the Warrior Houses / Paul Varley — 19. The Regime of the Unifiers / Jurgis S. A. Elisonas
Gubbins, J. H.
Seeley, Service 1922 Dewey Dec. 952
“an account of the progress of Japan from pre-feudal days to constitutional government and the position of a great power; with chapters on religion, the complex family system, education [etc.]” -subtitle
Gubbins, John H.
Clarendon 1911 Dewey Dec. 952
Contents: The conditions existing in Japan when the first treaty was negotiated.–The establishment of treaty relations with foreign powers.–Japanese internal affairs, 1853-63.–The fall of the Shogunate.–The abolitian of feudalism.–Conclusion.–Appendixes [24 treaties, conventions, etc.]
Selected Articles about Medieval History
Westview 2001 Dewey Dec. 952
“Mikiso Hane presents the essential facts of modern Japanese history. He integrates political events with the cultural and economic activities of each period and is particularly sensitive to the conditions of life in all strata of the population.” -Publisher
Henshall, Kenneth G.
St. Martin’s 2001 Dewey Dec. 952
Japan “is now not only an economic superpower, but also a technological and cultural superpower. True miracles have no explanation: Japan’s ‘miracles’ do. The nation’s success lies in deeply ingrained historical values, such as a pragmatic determination to succeed… Covering the full sweep of Japanese history, from ancient to contemporary, this book explores Japan’s enormous impact on the modern world, and how vital it is to examine the past and culture of the country in order to full understand its achievements and responses.” – Publisher
Jansen, Marius B.
Belknap 2000 Dewey Dec. 952
Jansen has produced what is sure to become the standard narrative history of modern Japan … In every way this is a remarkable book. And no reference collection on Japan can pretend to be complete without it. – Choice
Knapp, Arthur May
Page 1900 Dewey Dec. 952
Contents Vol 1: – The Crusoe of nations – Yamato Damashi – the people under feudalism – feudal commerce – the Japanese outcast – a patriotic cult – religious invasions. Contents Vol 2: – the colloquial – the written language – a Japanese library – temple and house – inversions and contradictions – the nation’s unity – a bibliography.
Maki, John M.
Praeger 1962 Dewey Dec. 973.91
The development of democracy in Japan from 1945 to the late 1950’s.
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McClain, James L. et al., eds.
Cornell Univ. 1994 Dewey Dec. 952
Contents: 1. Edo and Paris: Cities and Power / James L. McClain and John M. Merriman — 2. Governing Edo / Kato Takashi — 3. Louis XIV and the Cities / William Beik — 4. State Control and Municipal Authority in France / Sharon Kettering — 5. Edobashi: Power, Space, and Popular Culture in Edo / James L. McClain — 6. Power, Space, and Investments in Paris / Roger Chartier — 7. Building a New Establishment: Tokugawa Iemitsu’s Consolidation of Power and the Taitokuin Mausoleum / William H. Coaldrake — 8. Provisioning Paris: The Crisis of 1738-1741 / Steven Laurence Kaplan — 9. Provisioning Edo in the Early Eighteenth Century: The Pricing Policies of the Shogunate and the Crisis of 1733 / Hayashi Reiko — 10. Edo’s Water Supply / Hatano Jun — 11. Notorious Places: A Brief Excursion into the Narrative Topography of Early Edo / Jurgis Elisonas — 12. The Festivity of the Parisian Boulevards / Robert M. Isherwood
McClain, James L.
Norton 2002 Dewey Dec. 952
“This is a well-written, well-researched and easily readable survey of the modern history of a fascinating and important nation.” -Book list.
McClain, James L. et al., eds.
Cornell Univ. 1999 Dewey Dec. 952
“Social and political life in early modern Japan revolved around three cities: the emperor’s city of Kyoto, the shogun’s city of Edo and the commercial centre of Osaka. This volume explores the merchants’ capital, Osaka, during the Tokugawa era from 1600 to 1800. The contributors explore topics including the early growth and development of the city, the geography of wealth and power in the 17th century, political dissidence, the theatre, gang violence, and Osaka’s religious and intellectual life.” – Publisher
Perez, Louis G.
Greenwood 1998 Dewey Dec. 952
This history covers prehistoric and early feudal Japan to the 21st century. Cultural aspects examined include theater and cinema, marriage customs, and youth culture as well as the women’s movement and political scandals. “ With it’s essential chronology, term glossary, and premier list, the volume serves as both engaging read and quick reference.” –Libr J
Reischauer, Edwin O.
Harvard Univ. 1995 Dewey Dec. 952
The author “shows how change within continuity has been the most enduring characteristic of the Japanese experience throughout the nation’s history. He analyzes and explains in detail government, education, business, and social structure of the country in modern times. ” -Christ Sci Mon
Reischauer, Edwin O.
Knopf 1970 Dewey Dec. 952
This is a history of the Japanese people from their origins to the present examines their civilization, cultural heritage, militarism, and economy.
Satow, Ernest Mason, Sir
Seeley, Service 1921 Dewey Dec. 952
Subtitle: “The inner history of the critical years in the evolution of Japan when the ports were opened and the monarchy restored, recorded by a diplomatist who took an active part in the events of the time, with an account of his personal experiences during that period.”
Singleton, Esther, ed.
Dodd, Mead 1904 Dewey Dec. 952
“I have endeavoured to present a bird’s eye view of Japan, as seen by travellers and recognized authorities who have given time and study to the arts, sciences, history, ethnography, manners, customs and institutions of that country.” – Preface. Contributions are grouped in six parts: The Country and the Race – History and Religion – Places and Monuments – Manners and Customs – Arts and Crafts – Modern Japan.
Smith Patrick L.
Pantheon 1997 Dewey Dec. 952
This study focuses on events after World War 2. Smith examines the US role in post war Japan, and the social structure of Japanese society. “In his sweeping analysis of the country’s history, economy, politics and culture, Smith has produced a new startlingly clear-sighted vision of the often misunderstood Japanese.” -Pub Wkly
Penguin 1982 Dewey Dec. 952
“This history begins by describing the historical background to Japan’s emergence as a modern state in the 1860s. It then discusses in detail the stages of Japan’s advance as a world power up to the tragedy of the Pacific War. This struggle and its aftermath – the Occupation – are vividly described and analyzed. The last chapter, bringing the account up to the 1960s, is a fascinating study of the Japan that came into being following the San Francisco Peace Treaty of 1951.’ – Publisher
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Totman, Conrad D.
Univ. of California 1995 Dewey Dec. 952
“This thoughtfully organized survey of Japan’s early modern period (1568-1868) is a remarkable blend of political, economic, intellectual, literary, and cultural history. The only truly comprehensive study in English of the Tokugawa period, it also introduces a new ecological perspective, covering natural disasters, resource use, demographics, and river control.” -Publisher
The Japan-Russia war; An Illustrated History of the War in the Far East, The Greatest Conflict of Modern Times
Ziegler 1905 Dewey Dec. 952
Tyler was a ‘war correspondent who had previously covered the Spanish-American war and the Boer War. This account was completed while the war continued.
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