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This introductory text presents an extremely clear and well-written account of the political, social, and economic events from the late Tokugawa society of 1800 to the present.

Peter Duus, Stanford University

I. The Fall of the Tokugawa Order, 1800-1868
1. Late Tokugawa Society
Cultural Unity and Diversity
Class and Status
Community and Solidarity
Household and Gender
Humans and Gods
2. The Political Heritage
Emperor, Shogun, and Daimyo
The Web of Government
The Samurai Elite
Village Politics
The Bakufu and the Outside World
3. Economic and Social Change
Population Increase, Urbanization, and Demand
Agricultural Growth
Merchants and Markets
The Social Impact of Economic Growth
Economic Thought, Social Criticism, and Reform
4. The Fall of the Old Order
The Treaty Settlements
"Revere the Emperor and Expel the Barbarians"
The Meiji Restoration
II. The Pursuit of Wealth and Power, 1868-1905
5. Revolution from Above
The Centralization of Power
Tax Reform, Conscription, and Education
The End of the Samurai Class
The New Political Economy
"Civilization and Enlightenment"
6. Protest and Dissent
Peasant Riots and Samurai Rebellions
"Liberty and Popular Rights"
Toward Constitutional Government
Conservative Countercurrents
7. The Turn Toward Stability
Retrenchment and Deflation
The Bureaucratic State
The Meiji Constitution
Education and Ideology
Reconstructing the Family
8. The Rise of Imperialism
Post-Restoration Diplomacy
The Expansionist Impulse
Korea and the Sino-Japanese War
The Russo-Japanese War
Imperialism and Popular Nationalism
9. The Beginnings of Industrialization
The Changing Countryside
The Industrial Revolution
Entrepreneurship and Capital
Business and Politics
The New Industrial Working Class
Industrialization and the World Market
III. Political Change, Crisis and War, 1905-1945
10. The Rise of Party Government
The Struggle Against Clique Government
The Expansion of Party Power
The Establishment of Party Rule
"Normal Constitutional Government"
Democracy, Radicalism, and Dissent
11. Economic Growth and Social Change
Boom, Bust, and Stagnation
The Dual Structure
Urban Labor Unrest
The Ailing Countryside
Urbanization and Middle-Class Life
12. The Empire Between the Wars
The Continental Commitment
The China Problem
The Washington Conference System
Army Discontent and The Manchurian Incident
13. Militarism and War
The Shift to the Right
Political Terror and Army Radicalism
The China Quagmire
Economic Recovery
The "New Order" Movement
14. The Pacific War
The Road to Pearl Harbor
War in the Pacific
The Home Front
The Surrender of Japan
IV. Peace, Prosperity, and Stability, 1945-Present
15. Occupation, Reform and Recovery
Postwar Japanese Society
The American Occupation
Demilitarization and Political Democratization
Democratizing Japanese Society
Education and Ideological Change
The Shift to the Left
Reconstructing the Economy
16. The Politics of Confrontation
The Peace Settlement
The "Reverse Course"
Conservative Consolidation
The Security Treaty Crisis
Toward Economism
17. The Economic Miracle
The Bases of Rapid Growth
Corporate Capitalism
"Middle Class Society"
The Changing Countryside
18. The Price of Affluence
Building a Conservative Hegemony
The Divided Opposition
The Strains of Growth
The End of Rapid Growth
Restructuring the Economy
19. The Conservative Resurgence
Cultural Nationalism
The "New Conservatism"
"International Contribution"
Trade Friction
The Bubble Economy
Women, Work and Family
20. Japan in the 1990s
The Post-Bubble Economy
The End of LDP Hegemony
The Troubled Bureaucracy
The End of the Cold War
The New Asianism
The Post-Postwar Generation