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A Companion to Japanese History

ISBN: 978-1-4051-1690-9
632 pages
January 2007, Wiley-Blackwell
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A Companion to Japanese History provides an authoritative overview of current debates and approaches within the study of Japan’s history.
  • Composed of 30 chapters written by an international group of scholars
  • Combines traditional perspectives with the most recent scholarly concerns
  • Supplements a chronological survey with targeted thematic analyses
  • Presents stimulating interventions into individual controversies
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List of Maps viii

Notes on Contributors ix

Introduction 1
William M. Tsutsui

PART I JAPAN BEFORE 1600 11

1 Japanese Beginnings 13
Mark J. Hudson

2 The Heian Period 30
G. Cameron Hurst III

3 Medieval Japan 47
Andrew Edmund Goble

PART II EARLY MODERN JAPAN 67

4 Unification, Consolidation, and Tokugawa Rule 69
Philip C. Brown

5 Social and Economic Change in Tokugawa Japan 86
Edward E. Pratt

6 Intellectual Change in Tokugawa Japan 101
Peter Nosco

7 Cultural Developments in Tokugawa Japan 117
Lawrence E. Marceau

PART III MODERN JAPAN: FROM THE MEIJI RESTORATION THROUGH WORLD WAR II 137

8 Restoration and Revolution 139
James L. Huffman

9 Oligarchy, Democracy, and Fascism 156
Stephen S. Large

10 Social and Economic Change in Prewar Japan 172
Mark Jones and Steven Ericson

11 Intellectual Life, Culture, and the Challenge of Modernity 189
Elise K. Tipton

12 External Relations 207
Frederick R. Dickinson

13 The Japanese Empire 224
Y. Tak Matsusaka

14 The Fifteen-Year War 241
W. Miles Fletcher III

PART IV JAPAN SINCE 1945 263

15 The Occupation 265
Mark Metzler

16 Postwar Politics 281
Ray Christensen

17 The Postwar Japanese Economy 299
Bai Gao

18 Postwar Society and Culture 315
Wesley Sasaki-Uemura

19 Japan in the World 333
Glenn D. Hook

PART V THEMES IN JAPANESE HISTORY 349

20 Women and Sexuality in Premodern Japan 351
Hitomi Tonomura

21 Gender and Sexuality in Modern Japan 372
Sally A. Hastings

22 Class and Social Stratification 389
Ian Neary

23 Japan in Asia 407
Leo Ching

24 Center and Periphery in Japanese Historical Studies 424
Michael Lewis

25 Modernity, Water, and the Environment in Japan 443
Gavan McCormack

26 Popular Culture 460
E. Taylor Atkins

27 Rural Japan and Agriculture 477
Eric C. Rath

28 Business and Labor 493
Charles Weathers

29 Authority and the Individual 511
J. Victor Koschmann

30 National Identity and Nationalism 528
Kevin M. Doak

Consolidated Bibliography 545

Index 593

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William M. Tsutsui is Professor of History at the University of Kansas. He is the author of Godzilla on My Mind: Fifty Years of the King of Monsters (2004), Manufacturing Ideology: Scientific Management in Twentieth-Century Japan (1998), and Banking Policy in Japan: American Efforts at Reform During the Occupation (1988).
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  • An authoritative overview of current debates and approaches within the study of Japan’s history
  • Composed of 30 chapters written by an international group of scholars
  • Combines traditional perspectives with the most recent scholarly concerns
  • Supplements a chronological survey with targeted thematic analyses
  • Presents stimulating interventions into individual controversies
See More
"William M. Tsutsui introduces A C:oml~anion to Japanese History as an ambitious snapshot of Japan studies since the breakdown of the authority of modernization theory in the last half of the twentieth century." (Journal of World History, June 2010)

“The well-written contributions, which blend together skillfully to form a unified whole, reflect the authors’ authoritative knowledge of Japan … As a one-volume tour-de-force of Japanese history, this book stands out.” (American Reference Books Annual)

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2007

“Tsutsui has edited an invaluable and authoritative overview of current scholarship on the history of Japan. The 30 chapters, written by an international group of scholars, provide balanced treatment of traditional themes with coverage of recent trends, debates, and emerging perspectives … Essential. All levels/libraries.” (Choice)

"A vital reference tool for a large reference or academic library, providing a much needed fresh approach to the subject areas covered." (Reference Reviews)

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