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A Modern History of Japan, International Edition : From Tokugawa Times to the Present, Paperback / softback Book

A Modern History of Japan, International Edition : From Tokugawa Times to the Present Paperback / softback


A Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present, Third Edition, paints a richly nuanced and strikingly original portrait of the last two centuries of Japanese history.

It takes students from the days of the shogunate-the feudal 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 firstexperiments with mass democracy after World War I.

Author Andrew Gordon offers the finest synthesis to date of Japan's passage through militarism, World War II, the American occupation, and the subsequent economic rollercoaster. The true ingenuity and value of Gordon's approach lies in his close attention to the non-elite layers of society.

Here students will see the influence of outside ideas, products, and culture on home life, labor unions, political parties, gender relations, and popular entertainment.

The book examines Japan's struggles to define the meaning of its modernization, from villages and urban neighborhoods, to factory floors and middle managers' offices, to the imperial court.

Most importantly, itilluminates the interconnectedness of Japanese developments with world history, demonstrating how Japan's historical passage represents a variation of a process experienced by many nations and showing how the Japanese narrative forms one part of the interwoven fabric of modern history.

This third editionincorporates increased coverage of both Japan's role within East Asia-particularly with China, Korea, and Manchuria-as well as expanded discussions of cultural and intellectual history.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Asian history
  • ISBN: 9780199930166


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