9780520225602

The Japanese Experience: A Short History of Japan

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  • ISBN13:

    9780520225602

  • ISBN10:

    0520225600

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-07-01
  • Publisher: Univ of California Pr

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Summary

The Japanese Experienceis an authoritative history of Japan from the sixth century to the present day. Only a writer of W.G. Beasley's stature could render Japan's complicated past so concisely and elegantly. This is the history of a society and a culture with a distinct sense of itself, one of the few nations never conquered by a foreign power in historic times (until the twentieth century) and the home of the longest-reigning imperial dynasty that still survives. The Japanese have always occupied part or all of the same territory, its borders defined by the sea. They have spoken and written a common language, (once it had taken firm shape in about the tenth century) and their population has been largely homogeneous, little touched by immigration except in very early periods. Yet Japanese society and culture have changed more through time than these statements seem to imply. Developments within Japan have been greatly influenced by ideas and institutions, art and literature, imported from elsewhere. In this work Beasley, a leading authority on Japan and the author of a number of acclaimed works on Japanese history, examines the changing society and culture of Japan and considers what, apart from the land and the people, is specifically Japanese about the history of Japan. The arrival of Buddhism in the sixth century brought a substantially Chinese-style society to Japan, not only in religion but in political institutions, writing system, and the lifestyle of the ruling class. By the eleventh century the Chinese element was waning and the country was entering a long and essentially "Japanese" feudal period--with two rulers, an emperor and a Shogun--which was to last until the nineteenth century. Under the Togukawa shogunate (1600-1868), Chinese culture enjoyed something of a renaissance, though popular culture owed more to Japanese urban taste and urban wealth. In 1868 the Meiji Restoration brought to power rulers dedicated to the pursuit of national wealth and strength, and Japan became a world power. Although a bid for empire ended in disaster, the years after 1945 saw an economic miracle that brought spectacular wealth to Japan and the Japanese people, as well as the westernization of much of Japanese life.

Table of Contents

List of maps
ix
List of illustrations
xi
Japanese words, names and dates xiii
Introduction: Patterns and Periods xv
Origins
1(18)
Myths
2(5)
Archaeology
7(4)
The Yamato state
11(5)
Primitive religion
16(3)
The Making of a Monarchy
19(22)
Chinese-style government
20(10)
Capital cities
30(4)
The Fujiwara regents
34(7)
Buddhism and Chinese Culture
41(20)
Buddhism and Shinto
42(6)
Tribute missions and Chinese learning
48(6)
Literature, art and music
54(7)
The Ebbing of the Chinese Tide
61(17)
Public land, private land
62(4)
The rise of a warrior class after 800
66(3)
Heian culture
69(9)
Japanese Feudalism
78(20)
The Kamakura Bakufu (1185--1333)
80(9)
Feudalism in the Muromachi period (1336--1460)
89(9)
Medieval Culture 1200--1450
98(18)
Buddhism
100(4)
Prose literature and drama
104(6)
Chinese influence on the arts
110(6)
The Unifiers
116(18)
Warfare and warlords (1460--1560)
117(5)
Nobunaga and Hideyoshi (1560--1598)
122(6)
The Tokugawa settlement (1600--1650)
128(6)
Relations with Asia and Europe 1500--1700
134(18)
The China trade
135(6)
Korea and Ryukyu
141(6)
Christianity and seclusion
147(5)
Edo Society
152(19)
The ruling class
153(8)
The village and the town
161(10)
Edo Culture
171(17)
Chinese thought, Japanese thought
172(6)
Literature and the arts
178(10)
The Coming of the West 1840--1873
188(22)
Unequal treaties
189(7)
Nationalism and politics
196(7)
Study of the West
203(7)
The Modern State
210(20)
Political institutions
211(8)
Social change
219(6)
Tradition and modernity
225(5)
Fifty Years of Foreign Wars 1894--1945
230(21)
Industry and empire
231(10)
The struggle for Greater East Asia
241(10)
Postwar Japan
251(18)
Glossary 269(6)
Bibliography 275(12)
Index 287

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