Japan: Its History and Culture: Its History and Culture

Paperback | August 30, 2004

byScott Morton, J. Kenneth Olenik

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Once a star of postwar industrial production and methods,Japan has encountered serious trouble with market forces inrecent years. Social changes and departures from tradition arebecoming more common in this conservative country. Therevised edition of the popular work, Japan: Its History andCulture, Fourth Edition, documents and explains thesechanges. Seamlessly blending current events, politics, andcultural elements, the authors provide a riveting account ofa nation often misunderstood by the West.

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Once a star of postwar industrial production and methods,Japan has encountered serious trouble with market forces inrecent years. Social changes and departures from tradition arebecoming more common in this conservative country. Therevised edition of the popular work, Japan: Its History andCulture, Fourth Edition, documents and explain...

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A fascinating look at Japan's complex history This revised fourth edition of the popular work, Japan: Its History and Culture, stretches from the nation's earliest known civilization (about 30009 BCE) to the present. Delightfully written in a continuous narrative form, it traces the many aspects of Japanese art, religion, the imperial...

W. Scott Morton (New York, NY) is a full professor emeritus in Chinese and Japanese history and culture and in ancient history at Seton Hall University, in New Jersey. J. Kenneth Olenik, Ph.D. (Upper Montclair, NJ) is a professor of history at Montclair State University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:342 pages, 8.9 × 6.1 × 0.6 inPublished:August 30, 2004Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Foreword by Marius B. Jansen ix

Preface to the Fourth Edition xi

Introduction 1

1 The Origins and Early History of the Japanese 4

2 The Introduction of Chinese Thought and Culture 16

Asuka Period: 552–710

3 The Stimulating Effect of Chinese Culture 28

Nara Period: 710–794

4 The Japanese Pattern 36

Early Heian Period: 794–857

Late Heian or Fujiwara Period: 858–1158

5 The Rise of the Warrior Class and the Gempei War 52

End of the Heian Period: 1158–1185

6 Government by the Military Shogun 68

Kamakura Period: 1185–1336

7 The Ashikaga Shogunate 81

Nambokucho: 1336–1392

Muromachi: 1392–1573

8 The Golden Age of Japanese Art 88

1378–1490

9 The Unification of Japan 101

Sengoku-Jidai, the Period of the Country at War: 1534–1615

10 Japan in Isolation 119

The Tokugawa Shogunate: Part I, 1615–1715

11 The Winds of Change 134

The Tokugawa Shogunate: Part II, 1716–1867

12 The Meiji Restoration and the Modernization of Japan 147

1868–1914

13 Expansion, Liberalism, and Militarism 168

1914–1931

14 Manchukuo, the China War, and World War II 178

1931–1945

15 Postwar Japan 190

16 Japan Today—Economy 199

17 Japan Today—Foreign Affairs and Political Life 231

18 Contemporary Japanese Society 261

Glossary 297

Chronology 301

Bibliography 321

Index 325