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History of Japan

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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 first experiments 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.

2 Responses

  1. Thanks for this! I have been reading about the Pacific War since last year and am going to Japan in May, so I’m broadening my reading. I will have to look for this one.

    • I think this book was first written as a text for modern history of Japan. But the writing is thoughtful and not dry. I have been reading a little bits of it every week.

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