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

Author: Andrew Gordon
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Third editionView all editions and formats
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A Modern History of Japan paints a portrait of the last two centuries of Japanese history. It takes students from the days of the shogunate -- the overlordship of the Tokugawa family -- through the modernizing revolution launched by midlevel samurai in the late nineteenth century; the adoption of Western hairstyles, clothing, and military organization; and the nation's first experiments with mass democracy after  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Gordon, Andrew, 1952-
Modern history of Japan.
(OCoLC)1085907806
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Gordon
ISBN: 9780199930159 0199930155
OCLC Number: 826458560
Description: xiv, 417 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Enduring imprints of the longer past --
Crisis of the Tokugawa Regime. Tokugawa polity --
Social and economic transformations --
Intellectual world of late Tokugawa --
Overthrow of the Tokugawa --
Modern Revolution, 1868-1905. 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, 1952-2012. Economic and social transformations --
Political struggles and settlements of the high-growth era --
Global power in a polarized world: Japan in the 1980s --
Japan's "lost decades": 1989-2008 --
Shock, disaster, and aftermath: Japan since 2008 --
Appendix: Prime ministers of Japan, 1885-2012.
Responsibility: Andrew Gordon, Harvard University.

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A Modern History of Japan paints a portrait of the last two centuries of Japanese history. It takes students from the days of the shogunate -- the overlordship of the Tokugawa family -- through the modernizing revolution launched by midlevel samurai in the late nineteenth century; the adoption of Western hairstyles, clothing, and military organization; and the nation's first experiments with mass democracy after World War I. Andrew Gordon offers a synthesis of Japan's passage through militarism, World War II, the American occupation, and the subsequent economic rollercoaster.

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