Modern Japan: A History in Documents Pages from History

Oxford University Press - Japan's recovery after defeat in world war ii and its emergence as a vibrant democracy with the second largest economy in the world is chronicled through records as diverse as a funeral eulogy, a comic book description of Adam Smith's economic theories, and an e-journal interview. There are additional editorial cartoons from the Meiji and Taisho eras, as well as excerpts from fiction and other literature, archival maps, rare photos, and updated further reading and website lists.

Employing a wide range of primary source materials, Modern Japan: A History in Documents, Second Edition, provides a colorful narrative of Japan's development since 1600. A variety of diary entries, letters, legal documents, and poems brings to life the early modern years, when Japan largely shut itself off from the outside world.

Modern Japan: A History in Documents Pages from History - Navy in 1853, which led to unprecedented changes and a new government. Oxford university Press USA. The documents are woven together in a scintillating narrative that brings to life one of the world's most remarkable national stories. The second edition includes an updated introduction with a note on sources and interpretation and twenty-five new documents including new evidence of Japanese imperialism, especially its expansion into Korea; the role of minorities in modern society; and events since the mid-1990s.

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A Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present

Oxford University Press - 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. Author andrew gordon offers the finest synthesis to date of Japan's passage through militarism, the American occupation, World War II, and the subsequent economic rollercoaster.

New to the third edition* The previous edition's final chapter has been extensively revised for the third edition. 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.

A Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present - . 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. The chapter includes a color insert with maps and photographs that document the cataclysm. More "voices" of ordinary people integrated into the narrative* Increased coverage of cultural history topics, such as anime and manga Used book in Good Condition.

Retitled "japan's 'lost decades", it now covers the timespan from 1989 through 2008. An entirely new final chapter examines Japan's tumultuous recent history in a global context.





Gilgamesh: A New English Version

Atria Books - Used book in Good Condition. Atria Books. Gilgamesh is considered one of the masterpieces of world literature, but until now there has not been a version that is a superlative literary text in its own right. Acclaimed by critics and scholars, intelligent, to see how startlingly beautiful, Stephen Mitchell's version allows us to enter an ancient masterpiece as if for the first time, and alive it is.





I'jaam: An Iraqi Rhapsody

City Lights Publishers - Written by a young man in detention, to frightening hallucinations, to adolescent memories, the prose moves from prison life, and what emerges is a portrait of life in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. In the tradition of kafka’s the trial or orwell’s 1984, I’jaam offers insight into life under an oppressive political regime and how that oppression works.

Used book in Good Condition. Atria Books. Sinan antoon has been published in leading international journals and has co-directed About Baghdad, an acclaimed documentary about Iraq under US occupation. An inventory of the General Security headquarters in central Baghdad reveals an obscure manuscript. This is a stunning debut by a major young Iraqi writer-in-exile.





Musui's Story: The Autobiography of a Tokugawa Samurai

University of Arizona Press - Rice paddies. Musui's story will delight not only students of Japan's past but also general readers who will be entranced by Katsu's candor and boundless zest for life. As it depicts katsu stealing, and getting the better of authorities, it also provides a refreshing perspective on Japanese society, customs, indulging in the pleasure quarters, brawling, economy, and human relationships.

Used book in Good Condition. He eventually married and had children but never obtained official preferment and was forced to supplement a meager stipend by dealing in swords, selling protection to shopkeepers, and generally using his muscle and wits. From childhood, Katsu was given to mischief. He ran away from home, once at thirteen, making his way as a beggar on the great trunk road between Edo and Kyoto, and again at twenty, posing as the emissary of a feudal lord.

Musui's Story: The Autobiography of a Tokugawa Samurai - Katsu's descriptions of loyalty and kindness, greed and deception, vanity and superstition offer an intimate view of daily life in nineteenth-century Japan unavailable in standard history books. A series of picaresque adventures set against the backdrop of a Japan still closed off from the rest of the world, Musui's Story recounts the escapades of samurai Katsu Kokichi.

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Fukuzawa Yukichi: From Samurai to Capitalist Library of World Biography Series

Pearson - Rice paddies. Fukuzawa never entered public office, but his influence among those who did was striking. The story of fukuzawa's life takes place during a pivotal period in Japanese history, as the country was becoming an industrial power and moving toward nationhood. At the same time, each biography relates the life of its subject to the broader themes and developments of the times.

The titles in the library of world Biography series make ideal supplements for World History survey courses or other courses in the history curriculum that explore figures in history. Fukuzawa yûkichi, an educator who founded a famous university, a supporter of women's rights, one of Japan's best-known figures of the later half of the Nineteenth Century, a journalist and owner of an influential newspaper, broke the restrictive bonds of the Tokugawa samurai system and in his lifetime gained fame as a writer and interpreter of Western thought and customs, and an entrepreneur with extensive and important economic influence.

He became a revered figure of the century, and is immortalized on the ten thousand yen bill, the largest currency denomination. Atria Books. Paperback, and inexpensive, brief, each interpretative biography in this series focuses on a figure whose actions and ideas significantly influenced the course of world history.

Fukuzawa Yukichi: From Samurai to Capitalist Library of World Biography Series - This biography traces the career of fukuzawa Yûkichi, who began life as a lower-level samurai and went on to become one of the leading figures in Japan as it entered the modern era and became an industrial power. Although he embraced much from Western thought, he never let go of his early Confucian training.





The Autobiography of Yukichi Fukuzawa

Columbia University Press - Yukichi fukuzawa 1835-1901 was a leading figure in the cultural revolution that transformed Japan from an isolated feudal nation into a full-fledged player in the modern world. Atria Books. Starting with his childhood in a small castle town as a member of the lower samurai class, Fukuzawa recounts in great detail his adventures as a student learning Dutch, as a traveler bound for America, and as a participant in the tumultuous politics of the pre-Restoration era.

He translated a wide range of Western works and adapted them to Japanese needs, inventing a colorful prose style close to the vernacular. While a strong advocate for the new civilization, he was always aware of its roots in the old. Particularly notable is fukuzawa's ability to view the new Japan from both the perspective of the West and that of the old Japan in which he had been raised.

The Autobiography of Yukichi Fukuzawa - Only by adopting the strengths and virtues of the West, he argued, could Japan maintain its independence despite the "disease" of foreign relations. Dictated by fukuzawa in 1897, this autobiography offers a vivid portrait of the intellectual's life story and a rare look inside the formation of a new Japan.

He also authored many books, which were critical in introducing the powerful but alien culture of the West to the Japanese. Used book in Good Condition. Rice paddies. Columbia University Press.





Kokoro Penguin Classics

Penguin Classics - Atria Books. The great japanese author’s most famous novel, in its first new English translation in half a century   No collection of Japanese literature is complete without Natsume Soseki's Kokoro, his most famous novel and the last he completed before his death. Used book in Good Condition. Penguin Books.

Rice paddies. Columbia University Press. Published here in the first new translation in more than fifty years, Kokoro—meaning "heart"—is the story of a subtle and poignant friendship between two unnamed characters, a young man and an enigmatic elder whom he calls "Sensei. Haunted by tragic secrets that have cast a long shadow over his life, sensei slowly opens up to his young disciple, in the seemingly unbridgeable chasm between his moral anguish and his student's struggle to understand it, confessing indiscretions from his own student days that have left him reeling with guilt, and revealing, the profound cultural shift from one generation to the next that characterized Japan in the early twentieth century.





A Concise History of Japan Cambridge Concise Histories

Cambridge University Press - Walker tackles key themes regarding Japan's relationships with its minorities, state and economic development, and the uses of science and medicine. Integrating the pageantry of a unique nation's history with today's environmental concerns, Walker's vibrant and accessible new narrative then follows Japan's ascension from the ashes of World War II into the thriving nation of today.

It is a history for our times, posing important questions regarding how we should situate a nation's history in an age of environmental and climatological uncertainties. To this day, japan's modern ascendancy challenges many assumptions about world history, particularly theories regarding the rise of the west and why the modern world looks the way it does.

A Concise History of Japan Cambridge Concise Histories - Penguin Books. Atria Books. In this engaging new history, Brett L. Used book in Good Condition. Rice paddies. Columbia University Press. The book begins by tracing the country's early history through archaeological remains, before proceeding to explore life in the imperial court, the rise of the samurai, encounters with Europe, civil conflict, and the advent of modernity and empire.

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Haruko's World: A Japanese Farm Woman and Her Community

Stanford University Press - Other women from haruko’s village also figure in the story, based largely on a six-month stay with Haruko and her family in 1974-75, and the author’s observations of them, are supplemented with data from questionnaires and personal interviews. An epilogue recounts the author’s return to haruko’s village in 1982 and describes the changes that have occurred since 1975 in the lives of Haruko’s family and other village women.

Yet for centuries past, the village and the family farm have constituted the world of the vast majority of Japanese women, as of Japanese men. Atria Books. Through haruko we learn the work routine, family relationships, and social life of the women who are the mainstay of Japanese agriculture. Rice paddies.

Haruko's World: A Japanese Farm Woman and Her Community - Columbia University Press. In japan as in the united states, family farming is on the wane, increasingly rejected by the younger generation in favor of more promising economic pursuits and more sophisticated comforts. The dramatic economic and demographic developments of the past two decades have orced extensive changes in the lives of Japanese farm women, many of hwom have been left virtually in charge of their family farms.

This book is a study of japanese farm women’s lives in the present era: its central figure is 42-year-old Haruko, a complex, vibrant woman who both exemplifies and makes a mockery of the stereotype of Japanese women. Cambridge University Press. The book is illustrated with photographs.





Peasants, Rebels, Women, and Outcastes: The Underside of Modern Japan

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - We feel the back-breaking labor of a typical farm family; the anguish of poverty-stricken parents forced to send their daughters to Japan's new mills, and brothels; the hopelessness in rural areas scourged by famine; the proud defiance of women battling against patriarchy; and the desperation of being on strike in a company town, factories, in revolt in the countryside, or conscripted into the army.

Cambridge University Press. Rescuing vivid, and prostitutes, rebels, miners, often wrenching accounts of peasants, textile workers, Mikiso Hane forces us to see Japan's "modern century" from the beginnings of contact with the West to the outset of World War II through fresh eyes. Rice paddies. Columbia University Press.

Used book in Good Condition. This compelling social history uses diaries, fiction, memoirs, trial testimony, personal recollections, and eyewitness accounts to weave a fascinating tale of what ordinary Japanese endured throughout their century's era of economic growth. Atria Books. In doing so, he mounts a formidable challenge to the success story of Japan's "economic miracle.

Peasants, Rebels, Women, and Outcastes: The Underside of Modern Japan - Starting with the meiji restoration of 1868, between rich and poor, economically and socially, Professor Hane vividly illustrates how modernization actually widened the gulf, between the mo-bo and mo-ga "modern boy" and "modern girl" of the cities and their rural counterparts. Used book in Good Condition.

He laces his scholarly narrative with sharply etched individual stories that allow us see Japan from the bottom up.