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

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ISBN: 1107004187     ISBN-13: 9781107004184
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
OUR PRICE: $104.50  

Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: March 2015

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BISAC Categories:
- History | Asia - Japan
Dewey: 952
LCCN: 2014031651
Series: Cambridge Concise Histories
Physical Information: 0.9" H x 5.7" W x 8.6" L (1.35 lbs) 366 pages
- Cultural Region - Japanese
Features: Bibliography, Glossary, Illustrated, 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.

Contributor Bio(s): Walker, Brett L.: - Brett L. Walker is Regents Professor and Michael P. Malone Professor of History at Montana State University, Bozeman. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013 for his work on global environmental history. He studies environmental history, the history of human health, and the history of science, particularly as they relate to Japan. He investigates how nature has imposed its way onto the human past, as well as how humans have sliced, burned, extracted and engineered their needs and desires onto Earth and its living organisms. He is the author of The Conquest of Ainu Lands: Ecology and Culture in Japanese Expansion, 1590-1800, The Lost Wolves of Japan, and Toxic Archipelago: A History of Industrial Disease in Japan. Recently, he co-edited Japan at Nature's Edge: The Environmental Context of a Global Power.
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