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A History of Japan, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-4051-2359-4
720 pages
January 2005, ©2005, Wiley-Blackwell
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This is an updated edition of Conrad Totman’s authoritative history of Japan from c.8000 BC to the present day.
  • The first edition was widely praised for combining sophistication and accessibility.
  • Covers a wide range of subjects, including geology, climate, agriculture, government and politics, culture, literature, media, foreign relations, imperialism, and industrialism.
  • Updated to include an epilogue on Japan today and tomorrow.
  • Now includes more on women in history and more on international relations.
  • Bibliographical listings have been updated and enlarged.
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    List of Illustrations.

    Conventions Used.

    Acknowledgements.

    Preface.

    Maps.

    Introduction.

    Part I: Beginnings:.

    1. Geology, Climate, and Biota.

    2. From Origins to Agriculture.

    Part II: The Age of Dispersed Agriculturalists (400 BCE - 1250 CE):.

    3. Political Consolidation to 671 CE.

    4. Establishing the Ritsuryô Order (672-750).

    5. Ritsuryô Adaptation and Decay (750-1250).

    6. Classical Higher Culture (750-1250).

    Part III: The Age of Intensive Agriculture (1250-1890):.

    7. The Centuries of Disorder (1250-1890).

    8. Medieval Higher Culture (1250-1550).

    9. Establishing the Bakuhan Order (1550-1700).

    10. The Age of Growth (1590-1700).

    11. Stasis and Decay (1700-1850).

    12. Crisis and Redirection (1800-1890).

    Part IV: The Age of Industrialism: Early Decades (1890-Present):.

    13. Early Imperial Triumph (1890-1914).

    14. Early Imperial Society and Culture.

    15. Later Imperial Politics and Economy (1914-1945).

    16. Later Imperial Society and Culture (1914-1945).

    17. Drift to Disaster (1914-1945).

    18. Entrepreneurial Japan: Politics and Economy (1945-1990).

    19. Society and Environment (1945-1990).

    20. The Culture of Entrepreneurial Japan (1945-1990).

    Epilogue: Japan Today and Tomorrow.

    Endnotes.

    Appendices.

    A. Tables I-X.

    B. Chinese Words: Wade-Giles & Pinyin Orthographies.

    C. Glossary of Japanese Terms.

    D. Supplemental.

    Readings.

    Index

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    Conrad Totman is Professor Emeritus at Yale University. He has also taught Japanese history at the University of California, Santa Barbara and at Northwestern University. He is the author of ten previous books, including Japan before Perry: A Short History (1981), Early Modern Japan (1993) and Pre-industrial Korea and Japan in Environmental Perspective (2004).
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    • New edition of this successful single-volume history of Japan from c.8000 BC to the present day.
    • The first edition was widely praised for combining sophistication and accessibility.
    • Covers a wide range of subjects, including geology, climate, agriculture, government and politics, culture, literature, media, foreign relations, imperialism, and industrialism.
    • Updated to include an epilogue on Japan today and tomorrow.
    • Now includes more on women in history and more on international relations.
    • Bibliographical listings have been updated and enlarged.
    See More
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