Modern Japan A Social and Political History

ISBN-10: 0415418712
ISBN-13: 9780415418713
Edition: 2nd 2008 (Revised)
Authors: Elise K. Tipton
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Book details

List price: $43.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 4/2/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

This thoroughly updated edition provides a concise and fascinating introduction to the social, cultural and political history of modern Japan. Ranging from the Tokugawa period to the present day, the book charts the country's evolution into a modernized, economic and political world power. Incorporating the latest research results, this revised edition has been restructured to take into account developments since the first edition. The book widens the traditional approach to Japanese history to include social as well as political factors in the country's growth. Elise Tipton examines the social groups and developments that have previously been neglected, such as gender issues, ethnic minorities, labour conditions, popular culture and daily life. Through this charting of a complex web of social and political interaction, this book represents a unique picture of the diversity of modern Japan and its people. Including many new images and graphs which enhance visualization of historicalchanges, and a timeline that charts important events, this is a highly accessible and comprehensive textbook that is an essential resource for students, scholars and teachers of Japanese studies, history and politics.

Tipton is senior lecturer in Japanese Studies at the School of Asian Studies, University of Sydney.

Tokugawa Background: The Ideal and the Real
The Mid-Century Crisis
The Early Meiji Revolution
The 1880s and 1890s: Defining a Japanese National Identity
Late Meiji: An End and a Beginning
An Emerging Mass Society: Demands for Equity and the Dilemmas of Choice
Contesting the Modern in the 1930s
The Dark Valley
'Enduring the Unendurable' and Starting Over in the 'New' Japan
Conflict and Consensus in the 1950s
The 'Economic Miracle' ... and Its Underside
The 'Rich Country'
The 'Lost Decade'
Whither Japan?

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