Integrating political events with cultural, economic, and intellectual movements, Modern Japan provides a balanced and authoritative survey of modern Japanese history. A summary of Japan's early history, emphasizing institutions and systems that influenced Japanese society, provides a well-rounded introduction to this essential volume, which focuses on the Tokugawa period to the present.
The fifth edition of Modern Japan is updated throughout to include the latest information on Japan's international relations, including secret diplomatic correspondence recently disclosed on WikiLeaks. This edition brings Japanese history up to date in the post 9/11 era, detailing current issues such as: the impact of the Gulf Wars on Japanese international relations, the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent nuclear accident, the recent tumultuous change of political leadership, and Japan's current economic and global status. An updated chronological chart, list of prime ministers, and bibliography are also included.
Table of Contents
1. Japan Before the Seventeenth Century 2. Establishment of the Tokugawa Bakufu 3. The Late Tokugawa Period 4. The Fall of the Tokugawa Bakufu 5. The Meiji Restoration: The New Order 6. The Continuing Meiji Revolution (I): Political Developments 7. The Continuing Meiji Revolution (II): Cultural, Economic, and Social Developments 8. Political Developments in Later Meiji 9. The Conclusion of the Meiji Era 10. The Era of Parliamentary Ascendancy (I) 11. The Era of Parliamentary Ascendancy (II) 12. The Ascendancy of Militarism 13. The Road to War 14. War and Defeat 15. The Postwar Years (I): Reform and Reconstruction 16. The Postwar Years (II): Political Developments After Independence 17. Social and Educational Developments 18. Cultural Developments Appendix A: The Internet Appendix B: Chronological Chart Appendix C: List of Prime Ministers