This popular and accessible introduction to Japan offers readers an authoritative yet concise overview of two thousand years of Japanese history. Now fully updated to the present, this edition also includes an array of photographs and illustrations. The first half of the book explores the pre-Meiji era up to 1868. The second half traces domestic and relevant foreign events in the modernizing era launched by the Meiji Restoration. Milton W. Meyer's clear explanations of Japanese traditions, religion, history, economics, politics, and relations with the West provide an invaluable aid for understanding contemporary Japan.
Milton W. Meyer is professor emeritus of history at California State University, Los Angeles.
Chapter 1: Introducing Japan Part I: Traditional Japan: Prehistory to 1185 Chapter 2: Ancient Japan (to ca. 400 CE) Chapter 3: Yamato Japan (ca. 400-700) Chapter 4: Nara Japan (710-794) Chapter 5: Heian Japan (794-1185) Part II: Feudal Japan (1185-1868) Chapter 6: Kamakuru Japan (1185-1333) Chapter 7: Ashikaga Japan (1333-1603) Chapter 8: Tokugawa Japan (1603-1868): Stability Chapter 9: Tokugawa Japan: Change Chapter 10: Tokugawa Japan: Western Intrusion Part III: Modern Japan (1868-1945) Chapter 11: Meiji Japan (1868-1912): Politics Chapter 12: Meiji Japan: Economics and Society Chapter 13: Meiji Japan: Foreign Relations Chapter 14: Imperial Japan: World Power (1912-1922) Chapter 15: Imperial Japan: Peace and Conflict (1922-1937) Chapter 16: Imperial Japan: World War II (1937-1945) Part IV: Postwar Japan (1945 to Present) Chapter 17: Occupied Japan (1945-1952) Chapter 18: Contemporary Japan (Since 1952): Domestic Affairs-Politics Chapter 19: Contemporary Japan: Domestic Affairs-Economics and Society Chapter 20: Contemporary Japan: Foreign Affairs