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The Routledge Handbook of Modern Japanese History is a concise overview of modern Japanese history from the middle of the nineteenth century until the end of the twentieth century. Written by a group of international historians, each an authority in his or her field, the book covers modern Japanese history in an accessible yet comprehensive manner. The subjects featured in the book range from the development of the political system and matters of international relations, to social and economic history and gender issues, to post-war discussions about modern Japan's historical trajectory and its wartime past. Divided into thematic parts, the sections include:








Nation, empire and borders







Ideologies and the political system







Economy and society







Historical legacies and memory


Each chapter outlines important historiographical debates and controversies, summarizes the latest developments in the field, and identifies research topics that have not yet received sufficient scholarly attention. As such, the book will be useful to students and scholars of Japanese history, Asian history and Asian Studies.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 532 pages
  • 171 x 248 x 35.56mm | 1,160g
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 8 Line drawings, black and white; 23 Halftones, black and white; 5 Tables, black and white; 31 Illustrations, black and white
  • 1138815187
  • 9781138815186
  • 857,213

Table of contents

Chronology


Part I Nation, empire, borders


1. Japan in the global twentieth century, Akira Iriye


2. Alliances and enmities: Relations with Great Britain and Europe, Antony Best


3. Japan and Asia, Christopher W. A. Szpilman and Sven Saaler


4. Unequal treaties, consular jurisdiction, and treaty port society, Harald Fuess


5. The English-language press networks in the transnational history of East Asia, 1850-1950, Peter O'Connor


6. Japan's colonial empire, Sandra Wilson and Robert Cribb


7. Race and racism, Rotem Kowner


8. Overseas migration, 1868-1945, Martin Dusinberre


9. Ryukyu/Okinawa's trajectory - from periphery to centre, 1600-2015, Gavan McCormack


Part II Ideologies and the political system


10. From Edo to Meiji: The public sphere and political criticism in nineteenth-century Japan, Matsuda Koichiro


11. State Shinto, Kate Wildman Nakai


12. Conservatism and conservative reaction, Christopher W. A. Szpilman


13. The military and politics, Sven Saaler


14. Liberalism, internationalism, and democracy, Michael A. Schneider


15. The bureaucracy and politics, Roger H. Brown


16. The debate on fascism in Japanese historiography, Kato Yoko


17. Japan's 1930s: crisis, fascism, and social imperialism, Ethan Mark


18. Japan's war of words: World War II propaganda, Barak Kushner


Part III Economy and society


19. The path of economic development from the late nineteenth century to the economic miracle, Penelope Francks


20. The yen - Japan's national currency, Mark Ravina


21. Urban life and the city idea in the twentieth century, Louise Young


22. Cooperatives and grassroots developments, Tessa Morris-Suzuki


23. The emergence of trade unions, Christopher Gerteis


24. The postwar employment system, Charles Weathers


25. Genders, sexualities and bodies in modern Japanese history, Vera Mackie


26. Religion in the postwar era, Ian Reader


27. Washoku, heritage and national identity, Katarzyna J. Cwiertka


28. Environmental history, Philip C. Brown


Part IV Historical legacies and memory


29. Debates over historical consciousness, Yoshida Yutaka


30. History and the state in postwar Japan, Hatano Sumio


31. The politics of Yasukuni Shrine and war memory, Jeff Kingston
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About Sven Saaler

Sven Saaler is Professor of Modern Japanese History at Sophia University, Tokyo. His publications include Politics, Memory and Public Opinion (2005) and Pan-Asianism in Modern Japanese History (2007).





Christopher W. A. Szpilman is Professor of Modern Japanese History at Teikyo University, Tokyo. His recent publications include Pan-Asianism: A Documentary History (2011, co-editor) and Radicalism and Pan-Asianism in Modern Japanese History (2015, in Japanese).
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