Modern Japan: A Historical Survey

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Integrating political events with cultural, economic, and intellectual movements, Modern Japanprovides a balanced and authoritative survey of modern Japanese history. A summary of Japan's early history, emphasizing institutions and systems that influenced Japanese society, provides a well-rounded introduction to this essential volume, which focuses on the Tokugawa period to the present. The fifth edition of Modern Japanis updated throughout to include the latest information on Japan's international relations, including secret diplomatic correspondence recently disclosed on WikiLeaks. This edition brings Japanese history up to date in the post 9/11 era, detailing current issues such as: the impact of the Gulf Wars on Japanese international relations, the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent nuclear accident, the recent tumultuous change of political leadership, and Japan's current economic and global status. An updated chronological chart, list of prime ministers, and bibliography are also included.

Table of Contents

A Note on Japanese and Chinese Namesp. viii
Prefacep. ix
Japan Before the Seventeenth Centuryp. 1
Early History of the Japanese Peoplep. 1
Traditional Culture and Institutions of the Pre-Tokugawa Yearsp. 6
Notesp. 15
Establishment of the Tokugawa Bakufup. 17
The Shogun of the Tokugawa Bakufup. 17
Tokugawa Institutionsp. 20
The Structure of Tokugawa Societyp. 25
The Culture of the Tokugawa Periodp. 32
Notesp. 35
The Late Tokugawa Periodp. 37
Political Developmentsp. 37
Economic Problemsp. 40
The Lot of the Peasantsp. 45
Peasant Uprisingsp. 49
Agricultural Improvementsp. 52
Intellectual Currents: Reformers and Criticsp. 54
Notesp. 60
The Fall of the Tokugawa Bakufup. 63
Arrival of Commodore Perryp. 63
The Immediate Consequencesp. 66
The Mentality of Sonno Joip. 69
The Rise of the Anti-Bakufu Forcesp. 72
The Meiji Restorationp. 78
Notesp. 82
The Meiji Restoration: The New Orderp. 83
Political Changesp. 86
Local Governmentp. 89
Social Reformsp. 90
Pensions for the Kazoku and Shizokup. 92
Revision of the Land Tax and the Plight of the Farmersp. 93
Legal Reformsp. 94
The Police Systemp. 95
The Army and the Navyp. 95
Economic Developmentsp. 96
Educationp. 100
Civilization and Enlightenmentp. 104
Religionp. 106
Notesp. 108
The Continuing Meiji Revolution (I): Political Developmentsp. 111
Political Reactionsp. 113
Agrarian Unrestp. 117
The Movement for Popular Rightsp. 120
Fortification of the Central Governmentp. 129
The Constitutionp. 131
Notesp. 133
The Continuing Meiji Revolution (II): Cultural, Economic, and Social Developmentsp. 135
Cultural Nationalismp. 135
Initial Modern Economic Growthp. 143
The Plight of the Workersp. 147
Social Conditionsp. 151
Notesp. 153
Political Developments in Later Meijip. 157
Partisan Politics: 1887-1894p. 159
The Korean Question and the Sino-Japanese Warp. 163
Postwar Domestic Political Developmentsp. 168
Notesp. 176
The Conclusion of the Meiji Erap. 179
The Russo-Japanese Warp. 179
Foreign Affairs After the Warp. 187
Internal Affairs After the Warp. 188
The Death of Emperor Meijip. 191
Meiji Japan: An Assessmentp. 194
Notesp. 199
The Era of Parliamentary Ascendancy (I)p. 201
Internal Political Affairs: 1912-1918p. 202
Foreign Affairsp. 207
Economic Developments: 1906-1930p. 215
Social Reform Movements: Laborp. 218
Agrarian Reform Movementsp. 220
The Outcastes and the Suiheishap. 221
Movement for Women's Rightsp. 222
Democratic and Socialistic Political Movementsp. 224
Notesp. 228
The Era of Parliamentary Ascendancy (II)p. 231
Culture of the Taisho Erap. 231
Political Developments: 1918-1932p. 239
Notesp. 255
The Ascendancy of Militarismp. 257
Radical Nationalists and Militaristsp. 257
Conspiracies and Assassinationsp. 263
The Manchurian Incidentp. 266
Internal Political Developments: The Triumph of the Militaristsp. 271
Economic Developmentsp. 283
Notesp. 286
The Road to Warp. 289
China Policy to 1937p. 289
The China Incidentp. 294
Internal Developmentsp. 301
Further Foreign Entanglementsp. 305
Negotiations with the United Statesp. 312
The Occupation of Southern French Indochinap. 314
The Decision for Warp. 316
Notesp. 327
War and Defeatp. 329
The Offensive Warp. 329
The War at Homep. 333
The Defensive Warp. 338
The Allied Strategy: "Island Hopping"p. 339
The Transference of Leadership from Tojo to Koisop. 344
The Beginning of the Endp. 346
The Battle for Leyte Gulfp. 347
The End of the Fighting: The Kamikazep. 349
The Economics of Warfarep. 351
The Finalep. 352
Notesp. 359
The Postwar Years (I): Reform and Reconstructionp. 363
The MacArthur Erap. 363
Political Developments During the Occupation Yearsp. 376
Notesp. 381
The Postwar Years (II): Political Developments After Independencep. 383
The Yoshida Yearsp. 383
After Yoshida: The 1955 Systemp. 385
End of LDP Dominancep. 391
Foreign Relationsp. 401
Economic Developmentsp. 415
The Japanese Economy in the Early 1990s: Recessionp. 430
Notesp. 430
Social and Educational Developmentsp. 437
Social Developmentsp. 437
Educationp. 458
Notesp. 466
Cultural Developmentsp. 471
American Influencep. 471
Survival of the Traditional Outlookp. 474
Religionp. 476
Literaturep. 478
Cinemap. 485
Art and Architecturep. 488
Popular Culturep. 490
Baseball and Other Sportsp. 492
Revival of Nationalism?p. 494
Yasukuni Controversyp. 496
End of the Showa Reignp. 500
Three Strikesp. 504
Notesp. 520
The Internetp. 527
Chronological Chartp. 532
List of Prime Ministersp. 538
Selected Bibliographyp. 540
Indexp. 583
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