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    Description"The Japanese Experience" is an authoritative history of Japan from the sixth century to the present day. Only a writer of W.G. Beasley's stature could render Japan's complicated past so concisely and elegantly. This is the history of a society and a culture with a distinct sense of itself, one of the few nations never conquered by a foreign power in historic times (until the twentieth century) and the home of the longest-reigning imperial dynasty that still survives. The Japanese have always occupied part or all of the same territory, its borders defined by the sea. They have spoken and written a common language, (once it had taken firm shape in about the tenth century) and their population has been largely homogeneous, little touched by immigration except in very early periods. Yet Japanese society and culture have changed more through time than these statements seem to imply. Developments within Japan have been greatly influenced by ideas and institutions, art and literature, imported from elsewhere. In this work Beasley, a leading authority on Japan and the author of a number of acclaimed works on Japanese history, examines the changing society and culture of Japan and considers what, apart from the land and the people, is specifically Japanese about the history of Japan. The arrival of Buddhism in the sixth century brought a substantially Chinese-style society to Japan, not only in religion but in political institutions, writing system, and the lifestyle of the ruling class. By the eleventh century the Chinese element was waning and the country was entering a long and essentially 'Japanese' feudal period - with two rulers, an emperor and a Shogun - which was to last until the nineteenth century. Under the Togukawa shogunate (1600-1868), Chinese culture enjoyed something of a renaissance, though popular culture owed more to Japanese urban taste and urban wealth. In 1868 the Meiji Restoration brought to power rulers dedicated to the pursuit of national wealth and strength, and Japan became a world power. Although a bid for empire ended in disaster, the years after 1945 saw an economic miracle that brought spectacular wealth to Japan and the Japanese people, as well as the westernization of much of Japanese life.


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    Title
    The Japanese Experience
    Subtitle
    A Short History of Japan
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) W.G. Beasley
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 317
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 476 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780520225602
    ISBN 10: 0520225600
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25590
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SOC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.2
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FPJ
    BIC subject category V2: JFSL
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Ingram Theme: CULT/JAPANS
    DC22: 952
    DC21: 952
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS021000, SOC008000
    Thema V1.0: JBSL, NHF
    Illustrations note
    24ill.4M.
    Publisher
    University of California Press
    Imprint name
    University of California Press
    Publication date
    31 August 2000
    Publication City/Country
    Berkerley
    Author Information
    W.G. Beasley is Professor Emeritus of the History of the Far East at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. His books include "The Modern History of Japan" (1963), "The Meiji Restoration" (1972), and "Japan Encounters the Barbarian: Japanese Travelers in America and Europe" (1995).