The making of modern Japan from the middle of the nineteenth century to the end of the Second World War is a crucial theme in world history. This is a period which, opening with the Meiji Restoration and ending 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 nation~Japan, 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.
John Benson is author of a number of economic and social history books under the Longman imprint, most notably "The Working Class in Britain, 1850-1939" and "The Rise of Consumer Societry in Britain, 1880-1980."