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A modern history of Japan : from Tokugawa times to the present

Author: Andrew Gordon
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2003.
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This innovative new history of Japan highlights the connections between Japanese history and world history in general. 48 halftones. Maps. In this sweeping narrative, Andrew Gordon paints a richly nuanced and strikingly original portrait of the last two centuries of Japanese history. Gordon takes us from the days of the shogunate-the feudal overlordship of the Tokugawa family-through the modernizing revolution  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Gordon
ISBN: 0195110609 9780195110609 0195110617 9780195110616
OCLC Number: 49704795
Description: xiv, 384 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Crisis of the Tokugawa regime. The Tokugawa polity ; Social and economic transformations ; The intellectual world of late Tokugawa ; The overthrow of the Tokugawa --
Modern revolution, 1868-1905. The Samurai revolution ; Participation and protest ; Social, economic, and cultural transformations ; Empire and domestic order --
Imperial Japan from ascendance to ashes. Economy and society ; Democracy and empire between the world wars ; The depression crisis and responses ; Japan in wartime ; Occupied Japan: new departures and durable structures --
Postwar and contemporary Japan, 1952-2000. Economic and social transformations ; Political stuggles and settlements of the high-growth era ; Global power in a polarized world: Japan in the 1980's ; Beyond the postwar era.
Responsibility: Andrew Gordon.
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This text covers Japanese history from approximately 1800 - the last decades of rule by the military lords of the Tokugawa family - to the start of the 21st century. It begins when a crisis-ridden  Read more...

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