A Short History of Japan: From Samurai to Sony

A Short History of Japan: From Samurai to Sony

Paperback Short History of Asia Series

By (author) Curtis Andressen

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  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin
  • Format: Paperback | 268 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 208mm x 20mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Sydney
  • ISBN 10: 1865085162
  • ISBN 13: 9781865085166
  • Illustrations note: 7 maps, 4 diagrams, 28halftones, 4 colour section, glossary, bibliog , index
  • Sales rank: 1,283,746

Product description

New in the Short History of Asia series, edited by Milton Osborne, this is a comprehensive, readable history of the land of the Rising Sun, from its ancient origins to its fascinating present.

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Author information

Curtis Andressen is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Political and International Studies at Flinders University, South Australia. He has been a willing student of Japan for over two decades and has spent several years living there. Curtis Andressen has published widely on a variety of aspects of contemporary Japanese Society...Series Editor Milton Osborne has had an association with the Asian region for over 40 years as an academic, public servant and independent writer. He is the author of eight books on Asian topics, including Southeast Asia: An introductory history, first published in 1979 and now in its eighth edition, and, most recently, The Mekong: Turbulent Past, Uncertain Future, published in 2000.

Table of contents

A SHORT HISTORY OF JAPAN..1 Introduction..2 In the beginning..The geographical setting..Japanese mythology..The archaeological record..The Yamamoto Court - the first Japanese state..The Nara period (710-784)..The Heian period (794-1185) ..3 Chaos to unity: Feudalism in Japan..The rise of the military - the Kamakura Bakufu (1185-1333)..The Hojo period..The Muromachi period (1336-1467)..The Sengoku period - the Age of Warring States (1467-1568)..The Momoyama period (1573-1603)..The Tokugawa shogunate (1603-1868)..4 Modernisation and Imperialism..The Meiji restoration (1868-1912)..The road to war..5 War and peace..Prelude to war (1937-41)..The Pacific war (1941-45)..Occupation and resurrection (1945-52)..6 The miracle economy..The 1950s..The 1960s..7 Japan as number one?..8 Bursting bubbles..The end of the bubble ec