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Samurai Revolution: The Dawn of Modern Japan Seen Through the Eyes of the Shogun's Last Samurai
Samurai Revolution
The Dawn of Modern Japan Seen Through the Eyes of the Shogun's Last Samurai
Hardcover      ISBN: 4805312351
A captivating work of Japanese history, Samurai Revolution sheds new light on a period critical to understanding how and why Japan evolved into the nation it is today. An acclaimed expert on Japanese history, Romulus Hillsborough has spent decades researching the tumultuous final years of the Shogun's government and the Emperor's return to political power during the Meiji Period. In Samurai Revolution, Hillsborough chronicles the era from 1868 to 1912—often called the Meiji Restoration—that is widely regarded as the "dawn of modern Japan". During this time, Japan was transformed from a backward country of feudal lords and samurai into a modern industrialized nation. But change did not come bloodlessly, and many samurai chose to fight for their traditional way of life. A captivating work of Japanese history, Samurai Revolution sheds new light on a period critical to understanding how and why Japan evolved into the nation it is today. This is the first comprehensive history and analysis ever to be published in English and documents the fall of the Tokugawa Shogunate through to the Satsuma Rebellion, a failed coup attempt that heralded the final demise of the samurai class.
Secrets of the Samurai: A Survey of the Martial Arts of Feudal Japan
Secrets of the Samurai
A Survey of the Martial Arts of Feudal Japan
Hardcover      ISBN: 0785810730
Modern Japan: A Historical Survey
Modern Japan
A Historical Survey
3rd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0813337569
Since the second edition (no date noted), Hane (history, Knox College) has decided that neither the political nor the cultural history of Japan after World War II really entered a new period in 1970, and here treats the whole period up to the present as a single, evolving continuity, with one chapter on politics and economics and another on cultural and intellectual developments. The earlier chapters spanning from Tokugawa through the war he has changed little. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Everyday Life in Traditional Japan
Everyday Life in Traditional Japan
Paperback      ISBN: 0804813841
A documented survey of the customs and social conditions of the four traditional classes of Japanese society from 1600 to 1850
The Invitation-Only Zone: The True Story of North Korea’s Abduction Project
The Invitation-Only Zone
The True Story of North Korea’s Abduction Project
Hardcover      ISBN: 0374175845
"The author describes and investigates his obsession with North Korean abduction of Japanese citizens"--
Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan
Killing the Rising Sun
How America Vanquished World War II Japan
Hardcover      ISBN: 1627790624
A latest entry in the best-selling series dramatically portrays the events of World War II in 1944, when escalating Pacific battles between the forces of General Douglas MacArthur and the Japanese army lead to the development of humanity's deadliest weapon and newly appointed President Truman's impossible choice.
The World of the Shining Prince: Court Life in Ancient Japan
The World of the Shining Prince
Court Life in Ancient Japan
Paperback      ISBN: 0345803906
Using as a frame of reference The Tale of Genji and other major literary works from Japan's Heian period, the author vibrantly recreates an era when women set the cultural tone, describing the politics, society, religious life and superstitions of the time. Original.
The U.S. Navy Against the Axis: Surface Combat 1941-1945
The U.S. Navy Against the Axis
Surface Combat 1941-1945
Paperback      ISBN: 1682471853
The U.S. Navy against the Axis tells the story of the U.S. Navy's surface fleet in World War II with an emphasis on ship-to-ship combat. The book refutes the widely-held notion that the attack on Pearl Harbor rendered battleships obsolete and that aviation and submarines dominated the Pacific War. It demonstrates how the surface fleet played a decisive role at critical junctures. It was crucial to America's ultimate victory and its story holds many lessons for today's Navy and the nation as a whole. The U.S. Navy against the Axis describes how swift adaptability and intellectual honesty were fundamental to the Navy's success against Japan. The underlying premise is that the nation cannot assume that in a conflict against conventional or asymmetric enemies, it holds title to the same virtues the Navy demonstrated three generations ago. Instead those lessons need to be constantly studied and affirmed in the face of postwar mythologies, lest they be forgotten.
The Sacred Science of Ancient Japan: Lost Chronicles of the Age of the Gods
The Sacred Science of Ancient Japan
Lost Chronicles of the Age of the Gods
Paperback      ISBN: 1591431700
"The first English translation and examination of secret Japanese writings dating from the paleolithic to classical eras"--Provided by publisher.
The Encyclopedia of Japanese Pop Culture
The Encyclopedia of Japanese Pop Culture
Paperback      ISBN: 0834803801
In the West, Japanese culture comes in the form of Power Rangers, Godzilla movies, and Sanrio products, but of course the indigenous pop culture is much richer. Rather than focus on what the rest of the world has already encountered, Mark Schilling provides an encyclopedic compendium of books, movies, music, comedians, and cultural scandals that have had the greatest impact in Japan. Thus, for the outsider, The Encyclopedia of Japanese Pop Culture is an insider's guide to post-war Japan. Not content to simply catalog his entries, Schilling provides real depth and analysis in his articles, opening up Japan's rich pop heritage to the world at large.