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A Brief History of Japanese Civilization



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  • A Brief History Of Japanese Civilization
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    A Brief History Of Japanese Civilization


This compelling text explores the development of Japan through its art, religion, literature, and thought as well as through their economic, political, and social history.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. x
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
About the Authorsp. xiv
Beginnings and Foundationsp. 1
The Prehistory of the Japanese Archipelagop. 2
Geographyp. 3
Paleolithic Culturep. 5
Jomon Culture (c.14,500-400b.c.e.)p. 6
Yayoi Culture (c. 900 b.c.e-250 c.e.)p. 8
Political and Social Developmentsp. 10
The Tomb Period (Mid-Third to Late-Sixth Century c.e.)p. 11
The Yamato Kingsp. 13
The Early State: Chinese and Korean Influencesp. 16
Chinese and Korean Backgroundsp. 17
Overviewp. 17
Buddhismp. 19
Buddhism and the Statep. 22
Emergence of the Early Japanese Statep. 23
The Late Tomb Periodp. 24
The Seventh-Century Transition (The Asuka Period)p. 25
Nara as a Center and Symbolp. 30
Nara as a Religious Centerp. 31
Documents and Structuresp. 33
Literaturep. 36
The Visual Artsp. 39
The End of the Nara Periodp. 42
Aristocrats, Monks, and Samuraip. 45
The Heian Periodp. 46
Early Heian and the Rise of the Fujiwara (794-930)p. 47
Middle Heian-Fujiwara Dominance (930-1072)p. 48
The Estatesp. 50
Late Heian: Rule by Retired Emperorsp. 52
The Warriorsp. 53
A World Permeated by Religionp. 54
Heian Buddhism: Tendaip. 54
Esoteric Buddhism: Shingonp. 56
Pietismp. 58
Literaturep. 58
The Visual Artsp. 62
Paintingp. 67
The Phoenix Pavilionp. 69
The Kamakura Period in Japanp. 70
Triumph and Fall of the Taira (1156-1185)p. 71
Establishment of the Kamakura Bakufup. 72
The Hojo Regentsp. 74
Local Governance, Economy, Societyp. 75
The Mongol Invasion and Its Aftermathp. 76
The Warrior and His Idealsp. 78
Religion in the Kamakura Periodp. 78
The Pure Land Schoolsp. 79
Nichirenp. 80
Zenp. 81
Kami Worshipp. 83
Religious Artp. 83
Literaturep. 88
Muromachi Japanp. 91
The Kenmu Restoration (1333-1336)p. 92
The Establishment of the Ashikaga Shogunatep. 93
Government and Politicsp. 94
Economy and Societyp. 95
Japanese and Continental Culturep. 97
Yoshimitsu and His Agep. 98
The Noh Dramap. 100
Political Decline and Cultural Brilliancep. 102
Poetry and Paintingp. 105
War and the Rise of the Daimyop. 107
Early Modern/Late Traditional Japan
The Formation of a New Orderp. 112
Unification (1573-1600)p. 113
Oda Nobunagap. 113
Toyotomi Hideyoship. 114
The Invasion of Koreap. 116
Grand Castles and the Artsp. 117
Japan and Europe: First Encounters (1543-1630)p. 119
The Portuguese in East Asiap. 120
The Jesuits in Japan: Initial Successp. 122
Persecution and Closure to the Westp. 126
Tokugawa Shogunatep. 129
Founding and Consolidationp. 130
Bakufu-Han Relationsp. 132
Economic and Social Changep. 133
Classes and Valuesp. 136
The Aesthetic Culture of the Aristocracyp. 138
Genroku Urban Culturep. 139
The Printp. 140
Theater and Literaturep. 141
Intellectual Currents: Confucianismp. 144
Historiography and Nativismp. 146
Dutch Learningp. 147
Reform and Its Limitsp. 148
Art and Literature after the Genroku Periodp. 149
Japan and the Modern Worldp. 151
Endings and Beginnings: From Tokugawa to Meiji, 4787-4873p. 452
Late Tokugawap. 153
The Bakufu (1787-1841)p. 153
Economy and Societyp. 153
Reformsp. 155
Intellectual Currentsp. 157
The Opening of Japanp. 159
Domestic Politicsp. 162
Sonno Joip. 163
Mixed Responses to the Westp. 164
Last Years of the Shogunate (1860-1867)p. 165
The Meiji Restorationp. 167
Formation of a New Governmentp. 167
The Charter Oathp. 168
Dismantling the Old Orderp. 169
Disaffection and Oppositionp. 170
The Crisis of 1873p. 171
The Meaning of the Restorationp. 172
The Emergence of Modern Japan: 1874-1894p. 174
Political Developmentsp. 175
Formation of Partiesp. 177
The Emperor and the Constitutionp. 179
Western Influences on Values and Ideasp. 181
"Civilization and Enlightenment"p. 181
Social Darwinismp. 183
The Artsp. 184
Conservatism and Nationalismp. 185
Educationp. 186
Modernizing the Economyp. 188
The Zaibatsup. 189
The Militaryp. 192
Korea and the Sino-Japanese War of 1894-1895p. 193
The Treaty of Shimonoseki (April 1895)p. 194
Imperial Japan: 1895-1931p. 196
Late Meiji (1895-1912)p. 197
Foreign Policy and Empire Buildingp. 197
Economic and Social Developmentsp. 200
Politicsp. 201
Literature and the Artsp. 203
The Taisho Period (1912-1926) and the 1920sp. 207
The Taisho Political Crisis (1912-1913)p. 207
Japan during World War Ip. 208
Politics and Policies (1918-1924)p. 209
Party Government (1924-1931)p. 211
Popular Culturep. 213
Fine Artsp. 213
Mingeip. 215
Literaturep. 216
Intellectual Trendsp. 217
Militarism and Warp. 220
The Manchurian Incident: Causes and Consequencesp. 221
Japanese Politics and the Road to Warp. 223
War with Chinap. 225
Expansion of the War into a Pacific Warp. 227
The Course of the Warp. 229
Japan at Warp. 230
Colonial East Asia during the Warp. 231
The End of the Warp. 232
The New Japanp. 235
The Occupation (1945-1952)p. 236
Means and Endsp. 236
Social Policiesp. 238
Economic Policyp. 239
The Korean Warp. 241
End of the Occupationp. 242
Late Showap. 243
The Economy: Government and Politicsp. 243
The Iron Triangle: Politicians and Bureaucratsp. 244
The Iron Triangle: Businessp. 247
The 1970s and 1980sp. 248
Social Change and Quality of Lifep. 251
Filmp. 256
Intellectual Life and Literaturep. 257
The Visual Artsp. 259
Early Heiseip. 262
The Heisei Recessionp. 263
Geological Earthquakes and Political Tremorsp. 264
Intellectual Discoursep. 267
Literary and Artistic Lifep. 267
Afterwordp. 271
International Tensionsp. 272
Economic Globalizationp. 273
Contending Trendsp. 275
Appendix: Suggestions for Further Studyp. 277
Notesp. 290
Indexp. 299
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