Brief History of Japanese Civilization

ISBN-10: 0495913251

ISBN-13: 9780495913252

Edition: 4th 2013

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This compelling text explores the development of Japan through its art, religion, literature, and thought as well as through their economic, political, and social history.
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List price: $159.95
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 1/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

David Lurie, Associate Professor of Japanese History and Literature at Columbia University, specializes in the literary, cultural, and intellectual history of premodern Japan. His research concerns the development of writing and literacy; the history of linguistic thought; and Japanese and comparative mythology. His first book, Realms of Literacy: Early Japan and the History of Writing (2011), treated the advent of Japanese inscription and the early development of literature and other modes of writing.

Suzanne Gay is Professor of East Asian Studies at Oberlin College. Her research interests include the social and economic history of medieval Japan, with a particular emphasis on the role of commoners in history. Her monography, THE MONEYLENDERS OF LATE MEDIEVAL KYOTO, was published by University of Hawaii Press in 2001. She is currently working on the history of two merchant families of medieval Kyoto, and her next project will focus on commerce and pilgrimage in the Oyamazaki area southwest of Kyoto.

About the Authors
Beginnings and Foundations
The Prehistory of the Japanese Archipelago
Paleolithic Culture
Jomon Culture (c.14,500-400b.c.e.)
Yayoi Culture (c. 900 b.c.e-250 c.e.)
Political and Social Developments
The Tomb Period (Mid-Third to Late-Sixth Century c.e.)
The Yamato Kings
The Early State: Chinese and Korean Influences
Chinese and Korean Backgrounds
Buddhism and the State
Emergence of the Early Japanese State
The Late Tomb Period
The Seventh-Century Transition (The Asuka Period)
Nara as a Center and Symbol
Nara as a Religious Center
Documents and Structures
The Visual Arts
The End of the Nara Period
Aristocrats, Monks, and Samurai
The Heian Period
Early Heian and the Rise of the Fujiwara (794-930)
Middle Heian-Fujiwara Dominance (930-1072)
The Estates
Late Heian: Rule by Retired Emperors
The Warriors
A World Permeated by Religion
Heian Buddhism: Tendai
Esoteric Buddhism: Shingon
The Visual Arts
The Phoenix Pavilion
The Kamakura Period in Japan
Triumph and Fall of the Taira (1156-1185)
Establishment of the Kamakura Bakufu
The Hojo Regents
Local Governance, Economy, Society
The Mongol Invasion and Its Aftermath
The Warrior and His Ideals
Religion in the Kamakura Period
The Pure Land Schools
Kami Worship
Religious Art
Muromachi Japan
The Kenmu Restoration (1333-1336)
The Establishment of the Ashikaga Shogunate
Government and Politics
Economy and Society
Japanese and Continental Culture
Yoshimitsu and His Age
The Noh Drama
Political Decline and Cultural Brilliance
Poetry and Painting
War and the Rise of the Daimyo
Early Modern/Late Traditional Japan
The Formation of a New Order
Unification (1573-1600)
Oda Nobunaga
Toyotomi Hideyoshi
The Invasion of Korea
Grand Castles and the Arts
Japan and Europe: First Encounters (1543-1630)
The Portuguese in East Asia
The Jesuits in Japan: Initial Success
Persecution and Closure to the West
Tokugawa Shogunate
Founding and Consolidation
Bakufu-Han Relations
Economic and Social Change
Classes and Values
The Aesthetic Culture of the Aristocracy
Genroku Urban Culture
The Print
Theater and Literature
Intellectual Currents: Confucianism
Historiography and Nativism
Dutch Learning
Reform and Its Limits
Art and Literature after the Genroku Period
Japan and the Modern World
Endings and Beginnings: From Tokugawa to Meiji, 4787-4873
Late Tokugawa
The Bakufu (1787-1841)
Economy and Society
Intellectual Currents
The Opening of Japan
Domestic Politics
Sonno Joi
Mixed Responses to the West
Last Years of the Shogunate (1860-1867)
The Meiji Restoration
Formation of a New Government
The Charter Oath
Dismantling the Old Order
Disaffection and Opposition
The Crisis of 1873
The Meaning of the Restoration
The Emergence of Modern Japan: 1874-1894
Political Developments
Formation of Parties
The Emperor and the Constitution
Western Influences on Values and Ideas
"Civilization and Enlightenment"
Social Darwinism
The Arts
Conservatism and Nationalism
Modernizing the Economy
The Zaibatsu
The Military
Korea and the Sino-Japanese War of 1894-1895
The Treaty of Shimonoseki (April 1895)
Imperial Japan: 1895-1931
Late Meiji (1895-1912)
Foreign Policy and Empire Building
Economic and Social Developments
Literature and the Arts
The Taisho Period (1912-1926) and the 1920s
The Taisho Political Crisis (1912-1913)
Japan during World War I
Politics and Policies (1918-1924)
Party Government (1924-1931)
Popular Culture
Fine Arts
Intellectual Trends
Militarism and War
The Manchurian Incident: Causes and Consequences
Japanese Politics and the Road to War
War with China
Expansion of the War into a Pacific War
The Course of the War
Japan at War
Colonial East Asia during the War
The End of the War
The New Japan
The Occupation (1945-1952)
Means and Ends
Social Policies
Economic Policy
The Korean War
End of the Occupation
Late Showa
The Economy: Government and Politics
The Iron Triangle: Politicians and Bureaucrats
The Iron Triangle: Business
The 1970s and 1980s
Social Change and Quality of Life
Intellectual Life and Literature
The Visual Arts
Early Heisei
The Heisei Recession
Geological Earthquakes and Political Tremors
Intellectual Discourse
Literary and Artistic Life
International Tensions
Economic Globalization
Contending Trends
Appendix: Suggestions for Further Study
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