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.
Table of Contents
PART I: BEGINNINGS AND FOUNDATIONS.
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.