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A Concise History of Japan
Contributor(s): Walker, Brett L. (Author)

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ISBN: 052117872X     ISBN-13: 9780521178723
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: February 2015

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BISAC Categories:
- History | Asia - Japan
Dewey: 952
LCCN: 2014031651
Series: Cambridge Concise Histories
Physical Information: 0.6" H x 5.4" W x 8.4" L (1.10 lbs) 359 pages
- Cultural Region - Japanese
Features: Bibliography, Glossary, Index, Maps, Price on Product
Review Citations: Choice 10/01/2015
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Publisher Description:
To this day, Japan's modern ascendancy challenges many assumptions about world history, particularly theories regarding the rise of the west and why the modern world looks the way it does. In this engaging new history, Brett L. Walker tackles key themes regarding Japan's relationships with its minorities, state and economic development, and the uses of science and medicine. The book begins by tracing the country's early history through archaeological remains, before proceeding to explore life in the imperial court, the rise of the samurai, civil conflict, encounters with Europe, and the advent of modernity and empire. Integrating the pageantry of a unique nation's history with today's environmental concerns, Walker's vibrant and accessible new narrative then follows Japan's ascension from the ashes of World War II into the thriving nation of today. It is a history for our times, posing important questions regarding how we should situate a nation's history in an age of environmental and climatological uncertainties.
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