A Brief History of Japanese Civilization

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This balanced account of Japanese history focuses on developments in art, religion, literature, and thought as well as economic, political, and social history. The author, who has studied and conducted research at The Kyoto University Institute for Humanistic Studies since 1967, offers a clear, consistent, and highly readable text accessible to students with no previous knowledge of Japan.

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Conrad Schirokauer, Senior Scholar and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University and Professor Emeritus at the City University of New York, received his doctorate from Stanford. He has studied in Paris and conducted research in Japan and China. His published papers and articles deal mostly with Song intellectual history. He is co-editor, with Robert Hymes, of ORDERING THE WORLD: APPROACHES TO STATE AND SOCIETY IN SUNG DYNASTY CHINA (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993). His current research is on Song perceptions of and attitudes toward history. Schirokauer was associated with a New York University summer graduate program for teachers in Japan and China and remains interested in how history is taught and written. As a textbook author, he has published A BRIEF HISTORY OF CHINESE AND JAPANESE CIVILIZATIONS (Second Edition 1989), with separate volumes on China (1990) and Japan (1993), all now available from Wadsworth. Also worth mention, is his translation of CHINA'S EXAMINATION HELL by Miyazaki Ichisada (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1976,1981), which he recommends to any student who feels burdened by examinations.

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PART I: BEGINNINGS AND FOUNDATIONS. 1. The Prehistory of the Japanese Archipelago. 2. The Early State: Chinese and Korean Influences. PART II: ARISTOCRATS, MONKS, AND SAMURAI. 3. The Heian Period. 4. The Kamakura Period in Japan. 5. Muromachi Japan. PART III: EARLY MODERN/LATE TRADITIONAL JAPAN. 6. The Formation of a New Order. 7. Tokugawa Shogunate. PART IV: JAPAN AND THE MODERN WORLD. 8. Endings and Beginnings: From Tokugawa to Meiji, 1787-1873. 9. The Emergence of Modern Japan: 1874-1894. 10. Imperial Japan: 1895-1931. 11. Militarism and War. 12. The New Japan. Afterword.

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