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Japan Emerging

Japan Emerging

Premodern History to 1850
1st Edition
March 2012
Trade Paperback · 496 Pages
$49.00 U.S. · $56.50 CAN · £32.99 U.K. · €34.99 E.U.
ISBN 9780813344836
Westview Press


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Japan Emerging provides a comprehensive survey of Japan from prehistory to the nineteenth century. Incorporating the latest scholarship and methodology, leading authorities writing specifically for this volume outline and explore the main developments in Japanese life through ancient, classical, medieval, and early modern periods. Instead of relying solely on lists of dates and prominent names, the authors focus on why and how Japanese political, social, economic, and intellectual life evolved. Each part begins with a timeline and a set of guiding questions and issues to help orient readers and enhance continuity. Engaging, thorough, and accessible, this is an essential text for all students and scholars of Japanese history.

About the Author

Karl F. Friday is the director of the IES Abroad Tokyo Center. His books include Samurai, Warfare and the State in Early Medieval Japan and The First Samurai: The Life and Legend of the Warrior Rebel Taira Masakado.