An updated edition of David Lu's acclaimed "Sources of Japanese History", this book presents in a student-friendly format original Japanese documents from Japan's mythological beginnings through 1995. Covering the full spectrum of political, economic, diplomatic as well as cultural and intellectual history, this classroom resource offers insight not only into the past but also into Japan's contemporary civilisation. Three major criteria used in the document selection were that: the selection avoids duplication with other collections - 75% of the documents presented here are newly translated; a document accurately reflects the spirit of the times and the life-styles of the people; and emphasis is on the development of social, economic and political institutions.
Table of Contents
Dawn of Japanese History; Impact of Chinese Civilization; The Early Heian Period; Rise of Feudal Institutions; Kamakura Buddhism; Development of Feudal Institutions Through the Muromachi Period; From Civil Wars to Unification; The Tokugawa Peace; Intellectual Currents in Tokugawa Japan; The End of Tokugawa Rule; Early Meiji Political Development; Social and Economic Development in the Meiji ERa; The Taish-o Democracy; Rise of Ultra-Nationalism and the Pacific Wars; Japan Under Occupation; Politics and Problems of Security; Bridging the Past and Present.