About the Book

Modern Japan

Modern Japan

A Historical Survey
5th Edition
July 2012
Trade Paperback · 608 Pages
$50.00 U.S. · $57.50 CAN · £33.99 U.K. · €35.99 E.U.
ISBN 9780813346946
Westview Press


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Integrating political events with cultural, economic, and intellectual movements, Modern Japan provides a balanced and authoritative survey of modern Japanese history. A summary of Japan’s early history, emphasizing institutions and systems that influenced Japanese society, provides a well-rounded introduction to this essential volume, which focuses on the Tokugawa period to the present.

The fifth edition of Modern Japan is updated throughout to include the latest information on Japan’s international relations, including secret diplomatic correspondence recently disclosed on WikiLeaks. This edition brings Japanese history up to date in the post 9/11 era, detailing current issues such as: the impact of the Gulf Wars on Japanese international relations, the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent nuclear accident, the recent tumultuous change of political leadership, and Japan’s current economic and global status. An updated chronological chart, list of prime ministers, and bibliography are also included.

About the Authors

The late Mikiso Hane was Szold Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at Knox College. Louis G. Perez is Distinguished University Professor of History and Women’s and Gender Studies at Illinois State University.