9780582308138

Japan 1868-1945: From Isolation to Occupation

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  • ISBN13:

    9780582308138

  • ISBN10:

    0582308135

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 2001-05-30
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

The making of modern Japan from the middle of the nineteenth century to theend of the Second World War is a crucial theme in world history. This is a period which, opening with the Meiji Restoration andending with the Allied Occupation, is central to any understanding of the way in which modern Japan has developed, is developing and is likely to develop in the future.This book provides a wide-ranging, up to date and accessible interpretation of the period presenting both essential narrative and analysis. It describes the major changes that took place in Japanese political, economic and social life, paying attention to the experiences of all the major groups and societies. Key topics include:* Political systems * Imperialism * Economic growth * Education * Religion * Family, class and nationJapan, 1868-1945 is an innovative and important history of the country, challenging widely held views concerning the uniqueness of Japanese history and the homogeneity of Japanese society.John Benson is Professor of History at the University of Wolverhampton. Takao Matsumura is Professor of Social and Labour History at Keio University, Tokyo.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii
Abbreviations viii
Maps
ix
Introduction
1(11)
Politics and political systems
12(41)
International relations and imperial expansion
53(41)
Economic growth, industrial relations, consumption and saving
94(36)
Education, religion and the media
130(47)
Individual, family, class and nation
177(41)
Epilogue: the Allied Occupation, 1945-52
218(15)
Conclusion
233(25)
Appendices
I Timeline of major events and developments
237(10)
II Glossary of Japanese terms
247(7)
III Select bibliography
254(4)
Index 258

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