This book is probably one of the best out there if you want to know about Japanese history. I simply must disagree. I suppose I'd like to see more from the history-of-ideas perspective, namely how waves of thought and aesthetics changed over this time period, alongside the excellent descriptions of how gender and labor relations changed. The last couple chapters on contemporary times are full of weasel-words and broad generalizations, and become much more normative than historically descriptive, so should probably be disregarded by readers. It is divided into four time periods: Late Feudal Period under the Tokugawa Regime (more specifically the Edo period), Meiji era (1868-1905), Modern era including Taisho era (1905 - 1951), and finally Post WWII contemporary Japan (1952-2000). Yes, women's suffrage was a clear issue, as well as women's subordination to men (their husbands in particular). Why I started this book: I wanted to understand more about this amazing and foreign country that I'm living in. Fourth edition : New York : Oxford University Press 10. Beginning with the financial crisis of 2008, it takes readers up to the traumatic events of 3/11/11, and through the aftermath of this disaster. The whole wars are explained under the titles such as 'economy' etc, which means it is very hard to find, if you're looking, for these specific information. Looking around the web, there really weren’t that many books that looked thorough, not epically long, and recommended by readers. (1) I found it difficult to compartmentalize political developments, particularly in the postwar era. Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche by Murakami Haruki. Nevertheless, some of the grammar and expressions in the book are somewhat anachronistic. I finally booked a trip in October and, assuming North Korea doesnt blow the place up, am planning on it being a great trip. It really shifts back and forth between political and social life and their various ups and downs. I suppose I'd like to see more from the history-of-ideas perspective, namely how waves of thought and aesthetics changed over this time period, alongside the excellent descriptions of how gender and labor I'm afraid I don't know enough about the specifics of Japanese history to discuss the accuracy of this text, but it was an interesting enough introduction to the ins and outs of the social and cultural history of Japan over the course of its various upheavals en route to modernization. China. It shows the evolution of what was once a very divided set of Daimyo lands, under the tutelage of a puppet Emperor and a powerful Shogun ruler. I understand that publishing maps is costly. Deus Vult, After having been disappointed in the Tuttle publication of "A History of Japan" due in part to the language and the somewhat outdated feel of information, I started Gordon's historical text in the hopes that it would clear up any confusion that I had. I thorough recommend this book for someone that is not overly knowledgeable about Japanese history and culture but has strong interest. In a perfect world would get a 3.5 but I'll bump to 4 since it really was that informative. Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. Their stories present a counterweight to the prevailing stereotypes, providing students with depictions of, This anthology is the first to survey the full range of modern Japanese drama and make available Japan's best and most representative twentieth- and early-twenty-first-century works in one volume. While by no means thorough, it is a good in-depth survey of all the influences at play. While this is only about 25% of the book, I decided to review it because it seems like a representative sample. Outstanding telling of the History of Japan from the Meiji restoration until the early 2000s. The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II by Chang Iris One of the upsides of the book is that it includes analytica… Japan: A Modern History By James L. McClain that you actually describe obtain. In a brilliant history of Japan drawn from the top down and the bottom up, one of our best young historians conveys the turbulent political, economic, and social change that over four centuries positioned Japan as a modern world power. Japan is more or less successful as an Asian country. He didn't lean in one direction too much. Eberhard This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. bubble burst 90's, corruption and authoritarian power) or the outright atrocities that they committed (ie. Gorden just lays out the facts, and leaves it to the reader to colour it with their own preconceived notions and beliefs. I had two specific reactions: 217-261 for Thursday’s class.” I much preferred Jonathan Spence’s modern history of China, by comparison a much easier read. But since it covers so many things, this book is not the place if you want to look for details on a certain issue. A Modern History of Japan by Andrew Gordon, 9780190920555, available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. To me, the dream spot is Japan. Retitled "Japan's 'Lost Decades", it now covers the timespan from 1989 through 2008. Although it is rendered in a somewhat informal writing style, it would work well as a text for undergrad college courses on Japanese history as well as for non-academic readers. Regardless, I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone vaguely interested in Japanese History. 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By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with. The economic evolution of Japan also plays a key role in this narrative. 2020. Not only did I admire the text's unbiased perspective and clear chronological progress, but I was also thrilled by the addition of cultural and societal history (of which I am partial) to that of economical and political history (which can be, I feel, dreadfully boring if allowed to run rampant). the Rape of Nanking, violent imperialism, institutionalized racism). The text was dense, the typeface small and the scope was very broad. Excellent statistics accompany this narrative to give the reader an in depth look at how Japan's economy fared in comparison to other nations in the world. It looks at the various turbulent forces that often butted heads throughout this transition. It is divided into four time periods: Late Feudal Period under the Tokugawa Regime (more specifically the Edo period), Meiji era (1868-1905), Modern era including Taisho era (1905 - 1951), and finally Post WWII contemporary Japan (1952-2000). A later Chinese work of history, the Wei Zhi , states that by 240 AD, one powerful kingdom had gained ascendancy over the others. Gordon writes a pretty straightforward book, focusing on key moments in Japanese history and discussing things like how society and politics were structured, how Japan really pushed for modernization starting with the Meijin era, how its isolation from the rest of the world really prevented it from being a superpower, and how it was able to prosper in the face of repeated adversity and tragedy. Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. Here students will see the influence of outside ideas, products, and culture on home life, labor unions, political parties, gender relations, and popular entertainment. Fortunately, Gordon’s prose was relatively direct and the chapters were broken up into sections each of which was labeled. Get this from a library! He also does an excellent job of laying out the big picture and elegantly does it despite it being a huge undertaking. Post occupation years and the booming Japanese economy, followed by the bubble burst in the 90's and the uncertain future of Japan into the 2000's follow. Reviews "This is THE textbook on modern Japanese history: it covers all the important events and developments in Japan's modern history. All in all, though, for someone with little understanding of Japanese history, this is a helpful read. I much preferred Jonathan Spences modern history of China, by comparison a much easier read. Interestingly only one single paragraph is dedicated to the atomic bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Decent overall description of what happened, however not much explanation of WHY it happened. It seems like for its many slip-ups, Japan has always been able to make a comeback, economically at least. The truth is that Japanese women control the household, and are considered the driving force behind a man's success in the workplace. 217-261 for Thursdays class. Helping it of course is that it’s starting at the Tokugawa are a few hundred years back instead of starting at the beginning of time. This book deepens our understanding of the dynamics between nature and culture in Japanese thought and feeling. This was my textbook for a college course, "Modern Japan," a history class that I took for my Japanese major. Written although I do n't know enough about Japanese history, this book was great more! 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