This text conveys the turbulent political, economic and social change that over four centuries positioned Japan as a modern world power.
This narrative examines the impact of towering figures such as Leyasu, the architect of the Tokugawa state, and the experiences of everyday Japanese - farmers, soldiers and women - whose struggles built a strong and prosperous nation.
The work traces the advances and reversals marking Japan's path from a land ruled by lords and a warrior class to a modern parliamentary democracy, and from a small isolationist nation to a political and economic giant.
This history text is also seasoned with Japanese culture throughout - the woodblock prints of Hiroshige and Hokusai, the exquisite haiku of Basho, the beauties of noh drama, the novels of Oe Kenzaburo and the films of Ozo.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 752 pages, 70 illustrations, 15 maps, 50 figures, tables
- Publisher: WW Norton & Co
- Publication Date: 18/09/2002
- Category: Asian history
- ISBN: 9780393977202