The Pursuit Of Power In Modern Japan 1825-1995

Hardcover | April 13, 2000

byChushichi Tsuzuki

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This new history of modern Japan covers its remarkable transformation from a small country on the fringe of international politics to the major world power it is today. Professor Tsuzuki traces Japan's pursuit of power, first by military and then by economic means, from her attempts to replaceChina at the centre of the Confucian Middle Kingdom; through the Meiji nationalist response to the inroads of nineteenth century western imperialism; and on to the post-war USJapanese alliance powering the economic miracle of the last half of the twentieth century. He examines Japan's political,intellectual, and industrial development throughout the last two centuries, with special attention to the wars that were fought, and argues that the history of Japan's modernization was closely linked to the growth of Japan's own imperialism. Tsuzuki goes on to reveal how some of the factors whichcontributed to remaking Japan as an economic giant have also been responsible for her recent economic and political difficulties.

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This new history of modern Japan covers its remarkable transformation from a small country on the fringe of international politics to the major world power it is today. Professor Tsuzuki traces Japan's pursuit of power, first by military and then by economic means, from her attempts to replaceChina at the centre of the Confucian Middle...

Chushichi Tsuzuki is a Professor of International Relations at International University of Japan, Tokyo.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:April 13, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780198205890

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PrefaceIntroduction: Land, People, and their Shaping by HistoryPart I: From Seclusion to Expansion, 1825-19001. Japan in 1825: A Crisis in Seclusion2. The Opening of the Country3. The Meiji Restoration4. The Decade of Democratic Ferment: Liberty and People's right5. The Meiji Constitution6. The Sino-Japanese War and its Aftermath7. Meiji Industrialization and its CriticsPart II: The Road to Catastrophe, 1900-19458. The Russo-Japanese War and the Annexation of Korea9. Taisho Democracy and the First World War10. Taisho Politics and Society: From the Rice Riot to the Public Order Preservation Act11. Economic Crises and Overseas Colonies12. Fascism, Militarism, and Thought Control13. The Undeclared War against China14. From Pearl Harbor to HiroshimaPart III: Reconstruction and Reorganization, 1945-199515. The American Occupation: The New Constitution and the Tokyo War Crimes Trial16. Occupation Reform: Education, Women, Land and Labour17. Post-war Reconstruction18. From Political Conflict to Economic Growth, 1950-196519. Japan Incorporated and Radical Challenges, 1965-197320. The Heyday of the LDP: From Tanaka to Nakasone21. The End of Showa and the End of the Bubble EconomyEpilogue; Appendices; Chronology; Glossary; Index

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`Professor Tsuzki's examination of the country s traditional position on, and manipulation of power is timely. By studying it we see clues as to how Japan will shape herself in the twenty-first century.'Raymond Lamont-Brown, Contemporary Review, Vol.277, No.1615.