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This compelling text explores the development of Japan through its art, religion, literature, and thought as well as through its economic, political, and social history. The author team combines strong research with extensive classroom teaching experience to offer a clear, consistent, and highly readable text that is accessible to students with no previous knowledge of the history of Japan.
- Each major Japanese Shogunate is covered in a separate, brief chapter. Encounters with the West are also explored.
- The text has been thoroughly updated to reflect current scholarship and recent history. These updates include: a new discussion of disease and demography in Heian Japan, new material on Facism as a path toward modernity in Japan, expanded coverage of Japan's Great Recession; and much more.
- The four-color design features many illustrations, including maps, timelines, and other photos, and provides concise, yet complete coverage.
1. The Prehistory of the Japanese Archipelago.
2. The Early State: Chinese and Korean Influences.
PART II: ARISTOCRATS, MONKS, AND SAMURAI.
3. The Heian Period.
4. The Kamakura Period in Japan.
5. Muromachi Japan.
PART III: EARLY MODERN/LATE TRADITIONAL JAPAN.
6. The Formation of a New Order.
7. Tokugawa Shogunate.
PART IV: JAPAN AND THE MODERN WORLD.
8. Endings and Beginnings: From Tokugawa to Meiji, 1787–1873.
9. The Emergence of Modern Japan: 1874–1894.
10. Imperial Japan: 1895–1931.
11. Militarism and War.
12. The New Japan.