Higher Education

A Brief History of Japanese Civilization, 4th Edition

  • Conrad Schirokauer City University of New York
  • David Lurie Columbia University
  • Suzanne Gay Oberlin College
  • ISBN-10: 0495913251  |  ISBN-13: 9780495913252
  • 336 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2006
  • © 2013 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $126.00
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About

Overview

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.

Features and Benefits

  • 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.

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.
Afterword.

What's New

  • Each major Japanese Shogunate is covered in a separate, brief chapter. Encounters with the West are also explored.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Conrad Schirokauer

Conrad Schirokauer currently serves as Senior Scholar and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University as well as Professor Emeritus at the City University of New York. In addition to A BRIEF HISTORY OF CHINESE AND JAPANESE CIVILIZATIONS (and its separate volumes on China and Japan), he has published articles on Song intellectual history and served as co-editor (with Robert Hymes) of ORDERING THE WORLD: APPROACHES TO STATE AND SOCIETY IN SUNG DYNASTY CHINA and as translator of CHINA'S EXAMINATION HELL, by Miyazaki Ichisada.

David Lurie

David Lurie received a B.A. in Literature from Harvard University and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Japanese Literature from Columbia University. He teaches Japanese history and literature in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University. His research concerns the history of writing systems in Japan, and more broadly, in pre-modern East Asia. David Lurie also works on the cultural and intellectual history of Japan through the Heian period. He is currently completing a manuscript entitled "Realms of Literacy: Early Japan and the History of Writing" and is also working on a project analyzing the interconnections among biography, historiography, education, and the production and circulation of texts in Nara and Heian period Japan.

Suzanne Gay

Suzanne Gay is Professor of East Asian Studies at Oberlin College. Her research interests include the social and economic history of medieval Japan, with a particular emphasis on the role of commoners in history. Her monography, THE MONEYLENDERS OF LATE MEDIEVAL KYOTO, was published by University of Hawaii Press in 2001. She is currently working on the history of two merchant families of medieval Kyoto, and her next project will focus on commerce and pilgrimage in the Oyamazaki area southwest of Kyoto.