This text provides a concise and fascinating introduction to the social, cultural and political history of modern Japan. Key features of this text include: comprehensive coverage from the Tokugawa period to the present day detailed analysis of the social aspects of Japanese history new material on Japan's 'forgotten' histories: women, labour conditions and ethnic minorities. Highly accessible and clearly written, this book is an excellent core text for students and scholars of Japanese Studies, History and Politics.
Table of Contents
1. Tokugawa Background 2. The Mid-Century Crisis 3. The Early Meiji Revolution 4. The 1880s and the 1890s 5. Late Meiji Revolution 6. An Emerging Mass Society 7. Contesting the Modern in the 1930s 8. The Dark Valley 9. Enduring the Undurable and Starting over in the 'New' Japan 10. Conflict and Consensus in the 1950s 11. The 'Economic Miracle' and its Underside 12. The 'Rich Country' 13. The 'Lost Decade'