Journals Higher Education



Published: 05 July 2019

464 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190920555

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A Modern History of Japan

From Tokugawa Times to the Present

Fourth Edition

Andrew Gordon

  • Uses the themes of modernity and connectivity to examine modern Japanese history
  • Tells the story of modern Japan without reducing that history to stereotypes or platitudes
  • Devotes significant attention to the daily lives of ordinary people, women and men, and their political aspirations, as well as the ideas and strategies of ruling elites
  • Offers the most comprehensive treatment of the postwar era of any survey text
  • Provides the fullest treatment of social history in general, paying particular attention to women and gender relations
  • Focuses on modern Japan in a comparative and international context
  • Includes an extensive discussion of the 1990s and the early 21st century
  • Analyzes important recent developments in Japanese military/security policy, politics, and society in the 2010s, and an overall assessment of the three decades of the Heisei era (1989-2019)
  • Incorporates carefully chosen illustrations that help students to understand the material

New to this Edition:

  • Extensive additional discussions of topics in environmental history, including forestry and reforestation; dams and hydroelectric power; national parks, environmental protection, and exploitation in the twentieth century; the development of Hokkaido and its impact on the environment; earthquakes and tsunamis; and the impact of Japanese rule on the environment in Japan's colonies and occupied territories
  • New material on the place of the monarchy in education in the prewar and postwar eras
  • New perspectives on the reasons for Japan's surrender in 1945
  • Changes in employment practices since the 1980s
  • An extensive revision of the final chapter, retitled "Shock, Disaster, and the End of the Heisei Era: Beyond the 'Lost Decades'?"

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