A Concise History of Japan (Cambridge Concise Histories)

A Concise History of Japan (Cambridge Concise Histories) by Brett L. Walker 052117872X 9780521178723
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To this day, Japans 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. In this engaging new history, Brett L. Walker tackles key themes regarding Japans relationships with its minorities, state and economic development, and the uses of science and medicine. The book begins by tracing the countrys early history through archaeological remains, before proceeding to explore life in the imperial court, the rise of the samurai, civil conflict, encounters with Europe, and the advent of modernity and empire. Integrating the pageantry of a unique nations history with todays environmental concerns, Walkers vibrant and accessible new narrative then follows Japans 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 nations history in an age of environmental and climatological uncertainties.

Author: Brett L. Walker

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 359

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 2015-02-26


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