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A History of Japan, 1582–1941

A History of Japan, 1582–1941
Internal and External Worlds

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  • Date Published: June 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521529181

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  • Offering a distinctive overview of the pressures responsible for the emergence of modern Japan, Louis Cullen rejects the traditional boundaries of Japanese historiography and combines economic, social, and political approaches to create a powerful analysis. Cullen reviews the Japanese experience of expansion, social transition, industrial growth, economic crisis and war, to present an island nation that is a growing industrial power with little perception of its worldwide context.

    • Unique new account of four centuries of Japanese history
    • Explores the internal and external pressures that culminated in 1941's attack on Pearl Harbor and the catastrophic defeat which followed
    • Rejects traditional western interpretations of Japanese history
    • Includes a glossary and extended bibliographical essay
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'The book reads like a piece of scholarly work from an earlier and more careful time, when historiography was the result of careful research and distilled knowledge by an author dedicated to the craft … Wonderfully fluid telling of a key historical era …' David McNeill, Irish Times

    '… a thought-provoking book, providing interesting information and interpretation …'. Reviews in History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521529181
    • length: 376 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 161 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • contains: 8 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: Japan's internal and external worlds, 1582–1941
    2. Japan and its Chinese and European worlds, 1582–1689
    3. The Japanese economy, 1688–1789
    4. An age of stability: Japan's internal world in perspective, 1709–83
    5. Prosperity amid crises, 1789–1853
    6. Sakoku under pressure: the gaiatsu of the 1850s and 1860s
    7. Fashioning a state and a foreign policy, 1868–1919
    8. From peace to war, 1919–41.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Modern Japan
    • The Far East
  • Author

    L. M. Cullen, Trinity College, Dublin
    L. M. Cullen is Professor of Modern Irish History at Trinity College, Dublin and Visiting Research Scholar at the International Research Centre for Japanese Culture, Kyoto.

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