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A history of Japan

Author: R H P Mason; J G Caiger
Publisher: New York, Free Press [1974]
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Mason, R.H.P.
History of Japan.
New York, Free Press [1974]
(OCoLC)745177699
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: R H P Mason; J G Caiger
OCLC Number: 1106496
Description: 334 pages illustrations 22 cm
Contents: pt. I. Archaic Japan. 1. Environment and early settlement --
2. Yamato : The beginnings of political unity ; Government and religion --
pt. II. Ancient Japan. 3. The creation of a unified state : The Soga victory ; Prince Shotoku ; The Taika reform ; Buddhism and the centralized imperial state ; Conclusion --
4. Culture in the Nara period : Material culture ; Writings --
5. Government in the Heian period : Emperor Kammu and his successors, 781-850 ; Rule by the Fujiwara, 850-1068 ; The development of Shoen ; Rule by cloistered emperors (Insei), 1068-1156 ; Conclusion --
6. Heian literature : Poetry ; Early prose and Uta-monogatari ; Court diaries (nikki) ; Two Heian masterpieces: Makura no Soshi and Genji Monogatari --
7. Religion in the Heian period : Tendai Buddhism ; Shingon Buddhism ; Religion and society --
8. Architecture and art in the Heian period : Architecture ; Sculpture ; Painting ; Music --
pt. III. Medieval Japan. 9. Rule by the military houses : The rise and fall of the house of Taira ; The Heike Monogatari ; The success of the Minamoto under Yoritomo ; The Hojo Regency ; The Mongol invasions ; The decline of the Kamakura Bakufu ; The house of Ashikaga ; The Muromachi Bakufu at its height --
10. The failure of Ashikaga rule: the vigour of economic and cultural life : The collapse of central government ; The vigour of economic life ; Cultural life in the period of the country at war --
11. Buddhism in the Kamakura and Muromachi periods : Honen (1133-1212), Shinran (1173-1262) and the spread of Amidism ; Nichiren (1222-82) ; Dogen (1200-53) and other Zen monks. pt. IV. Early modern Japan. 12. Sixteenth century Japan : Nobunaga and Hideyoshi ; Castles, palaces and decorative arts in the Momoyama period ; Contact with the outside world --
13. Administration under the Tokugawa : The new Shogunate ; Regulation of elites: Buddhist sects and the Imperial Court ; Central government and local autonomy: the Baku-han system ; Foreign policy and closure of the country ; Bureaucratization and the changing role of the Samurai ; Taxation and fiscal problems ; The Shogunate, 1651-1837 --
14. Society and culture in early modern Japan : Monetization and the development of a market economy ; Villages drawn into the national economy ; City life and city culture ; Intellectual life and education ; The Japanese 'family system --
pt. V. Modern Japan. 15. The Meiji era and policies for modernization : The restoration ; Meiji foreign policy ; Economic policies and the beginnings of industrialization ; Domestic politics and the transition to constitutional rule ; Formation and development of political parties ; The constitution and the ideology of Kokutai ; Meiji society --
16. From consensus to crisis, 1912-1937 : Painting ; Music ; Dramatic entertainments ; Literature ; Ideology ; Politics and the economy ; Conclusion --
17. Solutions through force : War in China ; The Pacific war ; The occupation.
Responsibility: [by] R.H.P. Mason [and] J.G. Caiger.

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