A Modern History of Japan

A Modern History of Japan : From Tokugawa Times to the Present

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The Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present, Second Edition, paints a richly nuanced and strikingly original portrait of the last two centuries of Japanese history. It takes students from the days of the shogunate - the feudal overlordship of the Tokugawa family - through the modernizing revolution launched by midlevel samurai in the late nineteenth century; the adoption of Western hairstyles, clothing, and military organization; and the nation's first experiments with mass democracy after World War I. Author Andrew Gordon offers the finest synthesis to date of Japan's passage through militarism, World War II, the American occupation, and the subsequent economic rollercoaster. The true ingenuity and value of Gordon's approach lies in his close attention to the non-elite layers of society. Here students will see the influence of outside ideas, products, and culture on home life, labor unions, political parties, gender relations, and popular entertainment. The book examines Japan's struggles to define the meaning of its modernization, from villages and urban neighborhoods, to factory floors and middle managers' offices, to the imperial court. Most importantly, it illuminates the interconnectedness of Japanese developments with world history, demonstrating how Japan's historical passage represents a variation of a process experienced by many nations and showing how the Japanese narrative forms one part of the interwoven fabric of modern history. This second edition incorporates increased coverage of both Japan's role within East Asia - particularly with China, Korea, and Manchuria - as well as expanded discussions of cultural and intellectual history. With a sustained focus on setting modern Japan in a comparative and global context, The Modern History of Japan, Second Edition, is ideal for undergraduate courses in modern Japanese history, Japanese politics, Japanese society, or Japanese culture.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 414 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 566.99g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 47 halftones, 10 line illustrations
  • 0195339223
  • 9780195339222
  • 191,960

Table of contents

Introduction: Enduring Imprints of the Longer Past ; PART 1. CRISIS OF THE TOKUGAWA REGIME ; 1. THE TOKUGAWA POLITY ; Unification ; The Tokugawa Political Settlements ; 2. SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATIONS ; The Seventeenth-Century Boom ; Riddles of Stagnation and Vitality ; 3. THE INTELLECTUAL WORLD OF LATE TOKUGAWA ; Ideological Foundations of the Tokugawa Regime ; Cultural Diversity and Contradictions ; Reform, Critiques, and Insurgent Ideas ; 4. THE OVERTHROW OF THE TOKUGAWA ; The Western Powers and the Unequal Treaties ; The Crumbling of Tokugawa Rule ; Politics of Terror and Accommodation ; Bakufu Revival, the Satsuma-Choshu Insurgency, and Domestic Unrest ; PART 2. MODERN REVOLUTION, 1868-1905 ; 5. THE SAMURAI REVOLUTION ; Programs of Nationalist Revolution ; Building a Rich Country ; Stances toward the World ; 6. PARTICIPATION AND PROTEST ; Political Discourse and Contention ; Movement for Freedom and People's Rights ; Samurai Rebellions, Peasant Uprisings, and New Religions ; Participation for Women ; Treaty Revision and Domestic Politics ; The Meiji Constitution ; 7. SOCIAL, ECONOMIC, AND CULTURAL TRANSFORMATIONS ; Landlords and Tenants ; Industrial Revolution ; The Work Force and Labor Conditions ; Spread of Mass and Higher Education ; Culture and Religion ; Affirmations of Japanese Identity and Destiny ; 8. EMPIRE AND DOMESTIC ORDER ; The Trajectory to Empire ; Contexts of Empire, Capitalism, and Nation-Building ; The Turbulent World of Diet Politics ; The Era of Popular Protest ; Engineering Nationalism ; PART 3. IMPERIAL JAPAN FROM ASCENDANCE TO ASHES ; 9. ECONOMY AND SOCIETY ; Wartime Boom and Postwar Bust ; Landlords, Tenants, and Rural Life ; City Life: Middle and Working Classes ; Cultural Responses to Social Change ; 10. DEMOCRACY AND EMPIRE BETWEEN THE WORLD WARS ; The Emergence of Party Cabinets ; The Structure of Parliamentary Government ; Ideological Challenges ; Strategies of Imperial Democratic Rule ; Japan, Asia, and the Western Powers ; 11. THE DEPRESSION CRISIS AND RESPONSES ; Economic and Social Crisis ; Breaking the Impasse: New Departures Abroad ; Toward a New Social and Economic Order ; Toward a New Political Order ; 12. JAPAN IN WARTIME ; Wider War in China ; Toward Pearl Harbor ; The Pacific War ; Mobilizing for Total War ; Living in the Shadow of War ; Ending the War ; Burdens and Legacies of War ; 13. OCCUPIED JAPAN: NEW DEPARTURES AND DURABLE STRUCTURES ; Bearing the Unbearable ; The American Agenda: Demilitarize and Democratize ; Japanese Responses ; The Reverse Course ; Toward Recovery and Independence: Another Unequal Treaty? ; PART 4. POSTWAR AND CONTEMPORARY JAPAN, 1952-2000 ; 14. ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION ; The Postwar "Economic Miracle" ; Transwar Patterns of Community, Family, School, and Work ; Shared Experiences and Standardized Lifeways of the Postwar Era ; Differences Enduring and Realigned ; Managing Social Stability and Change ; Images and Ideologies of Social Stability and Change ; 15. POLITICAL STRUGGLES AND SETTLEMENTS OF THE HIGH-GROWTH ERA ; Political Struggles ; The Politics of Accommodation ; Global Connections: Oil Crisis and the End of High Growth ; 16. GLOBAL POWER IN A POLARIZED WORLD: JAPAN IN THE 1980S ; New Roles in the World and New Tensions ; Economy: Thriving through the Oil Crises ; Politics: The Conservative Heyday ; Society and Culture in the Exuberant Eighties ; 17. BEYOND THE POSTWAR ERA ; The End of Showa ; The Specter of a Divided Society ; Economy of the "Lost Decade" ; The Fall and Rise of the Liberal Democratic Party ; Between Asia and the West ; Ongoing Presence of the Pat ; Appendix A. Prime Ministers of Japan, 1885-2001show more

About Andrew Gordon

History at Harvard University (also Chair of the Department).show more

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