History of Japan From Stone Age to Superpower

ISBN-10: 0230346626

ISBN-13: 9780230346628

Edition: 3rd 2012 (Revised)

Authors: Kenneth Henshall

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Covering the full sweep of Japanese history, from ancient to contemporary, Henshall 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. Now in its third edition, this book is usefully updated and revised.
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List price: $29.00
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 5/15/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

List of Tables
Preface to Third Edition
Introduction: Japan and History
From the Stone Age to Statehood: Myths, Prehistory, and Ancient History (to 710)
Making Gods of Emperors: Ancient History According to Japan's Myths
The Earliest Inhabitants (to ca 13,000 BC)
Stone Age Hunters and Gatherers: The Jomon Period (ca 13,000 BC-ca 400 BC)
New Beginnings: The Yayoi Period (ca 400 BC-ca AD 250)
The Early State Emerges: The Kofun/Yamato Period (ca 250-710)
Review of Part One
Of Courtiers and Warriors: Early and Medieval History (710-1600)
Learning from the Chinese - within Limits: The Nara Period (710-794)
The Rise and Fall of the Court: The Heian Period (794-1185)
The Warrior State: The Kamakura Period (1185-1333)
A Nation at War with Itself: The Muromachi Period (1333-1568)
Reunifying the Nation: The Azuchi-Momoyama Period (1568-1600)
Review of Part Two
The Closed Country: The Tokugawa Period (1600-1868)
Stability Equals Survival: Establishing the Tokugawa Sh�gunate
Samurai and Ethics
Commoners, Culture, and the Economy
The Return of the Foreign Devils and the Fall of the Sh�gunate
Review of Part Three
Building a Modern Nation: The Meiji Period (1868-1912)
Consolidating the Restoration
The Westernisation of Society
Harnessing the Energies of the People
Moves towards Democracy - of Sorts
War and Politics
Guided Economic Development
An Era Comes to an End
Review of Part Four
The Excesses of Ambition: The Pacific War and its Lead-Up
The Fragile Democracy of Taisho (1912-26)
A Troubled Start to Showa
The Ideologies Behind Expansionism
Preparations for War
The Pacific War
Review of Part Five
A Phoenix from the Ashes: Postwar Successes and Beyond
American Dreams for a New Japan
Cold War Realities Reshape the Dreams
Becoming Number One
A Superpower under Siege - and a Bubble
Review of Part Six
A Superpower Adrift: The Heisei Years
The Bursting of the Bubble
A Political Merry-Go-Round
Life in Global Age Japan
Review of Part Seven
Conclusion: Lessons for Aspiring Superpowers
Glossary of Japanese Terms
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