Modern Japan

Modern Japan : A Historical Survey, Second Edition

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In this newly revised edition of his readable and thoughtful survey, Mikiso Hane presents the essential facts of modern Japanese history. He integrates political events with the cultural and economic activities of each periodfrom Tokugawa to the presentand he is particularly sensitive to the conditions of life in all strata of the population. The new edition covers a variety of important developments through the early 1990s, giving special consideration to how traditional Japanese modes of thought and behavior have affected recent developments in such areas as U.S.-Japanese relations, the status of women, and education. To provide background for his study of modern Japan, Hane includes a summary of early Japanese history that emphasizes the institutions and systems that molded the nature of Japanese society. }In this newly revised edition of his readable and thoughtful survey, Mikiso Hane presents the essential facts of modern Japanese history. He integrates political events with the cultural and economic activities of each period and is particularly sensitive to the conditions of life in all strata of the population.
The new edition covers a variety of important developments through the early 1990s, giving special consideration to how traditional Japanese modes of thought and behavior have affected these recent developments.As background for his study of the modern era, Hane summarizes the early history of Japan, with due attention to institutions that have molded the nature of Japanese societyincluding Shinto, the Emperor system, Buddhism, and feudalism. Hane then sets the stage for modern Japan with a detailed and analytical discussion of the Tokugawa period.The survey takes on immediacy as it chronicles the growth of Westernization in the nineteenth century and the ascendancy of militarism in the twentieth. The chapters on Meiji Japan balance politics and economics with a close look at social conditions, education, and religion. The story of Japans role in World War II, its defeat in 1945, and the occupation is told dispassionately but from a Japanese vantage point. Hanes portrait of life in postwar Japan is enriched by material on contemporary literature, Japanese youth culture, and other intellectual developments.The last chapter focuses on the dramatic economic surge since 1970 and the accompanying social changes in life-style and attitudes, particularly for women and the working class.
Reiterating themes that permeate the book, a final section reviews Japans relations with the outside world, especially with the United States, and the ongoing tension between the old and the new, the traditional and the modern. A useful bibliography and well-chosen illustrations enhance the text. }
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  • Paperback | 488 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 25.4mm | 657.71g
  • Westview Press Inc
  • United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • 2nd New edition
  • 0813313686
  • 9780813313689

Table of contents

Introduction; Japan Before the Seventeenth Century; Establishment of the Tokugawa Bakufu; The Late Tokugawa Period; The Fall of the Tokugawa Bakufu; The Meiji Restoration: The New Order; The Continuing Meiji Revolution (I): Political Developments; The Continuing Meiji Revolution (II): Cultural, Economic, and Social Developments; Political Developments in Later Meiji; The Conclusion of the Meiji Era; Era of Parliamentary Ascendancy (I); Era of Parliamentary Ascendancy (II); The Ascendancy of Militarism; The Road to War. War and Defeat; The Postwar Years: Reform and Reconstruction; Developments Since 1970.
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About Mikiso Hane

Mikiso Hane is professor emeritus of history at Knox College and has written extensively on Japan for over twenty-five years.
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