A Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present

A Modern History of Japan From Tokugawa Times to the Present A Modern History of Japan From Tokugawa Times to the Present Second Edition paints a richly nuanced and strikingly original portrait of the last two centuries of Japanese history It takes students f

  • Title: A Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present
  • Author: Andrew Gordon
  • ISBN: 9780195339222
  • Page: 104
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Modern History of Japan From Tokugawa Times to the Present, Second Edition, paints a richly nuanced and strikingly original portrait of the last two centuries of Japanese history It takes students from the days of the shogunate the feudal overlordship of the Tokugawa family through the modernizing revolution launched by midlevel samurai in the late nineteenth centuryA Modern History of Japan From Tokugawa Times to the Present, Second Edition, paints a richly nuanced and strikingly original portrait of the last two centuries of Japanese history It takes students from the days of the shogunate the feudal overlordship of the Tokugawa family through the modernizing revolution launched by midlevel samurai in the late nineteenth century the adoption of Western hairstyles, clothing, and military organization and the nation s first experiments with mass democracy after World War I Author Andrew Gordon offers the finest synthesis to date of Japan s passage through militarism, World War II, the American occupation, and the subsequent economic rollercoaster The true ingenuity and value of Gordon s approach lies in his close attention to the non elite layers of society Here students will see the influence of outside ideas, products, and culture on home life, labor unions, political parties, gender relations, and popular entertainment The book examines Japan s struggles to define the meaning of its modernization, from villages and urban neighborhoods, to factory floors and middle managers offices, to the imperial court Most importantly, it illuminates the interconnectedness of Japanese developments with world history, demonstrating how Japan s historical passage represents a variation of a process experienced by many nations and showing how the Japanese narrative forms one part of the interwoven fabric of modern history This second edition incorporates increased coverage of both Japan s role within East Asia particularly with China, Korea, and Manchuria as well as expanded discussions of cultural and intellectual history With a sustained focus on setting modern Japan in a comparative and global context, A Modern History of Japan, Second Edition, is ideal for undergraduate courses in modern Japanese history, Japanese politics, Japanese society, or Japanese culture.

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    1. Gordon's history of Japan from the end of the shogun era to the present day is an interesting read. I prefer Sansom's volumes for learning about Japanese history prior to the Tokugawa, but this is an excellent follow-on to cover the modern period. Full of charts and photos, I can highly recommend it for understanding how the empire that committed atrocities in China and elsewhere formed from the cinders of the pre-modern era and their economic recovery after WW II.

    2. This was my textbook for a college course entitled "Modern Japan," a history class that I took for my Japanese major. As textbooks go, this one did a good job of showing multiple sides of the situation at any given time period. Gordon would talk for awhile about the prosperity of the Japanese people, but then he would address the groups that weren't so prosperous. He conveyed the important message the just because the country as a whole tends to feel a certain way or be in a certain situation, t [...]

    3. I'm afraid I don't know enough about the specifics of Japanese history to discuss the accuracy of this text, but it was an interesting enough introduction to the ins and outs of the social and cultural history of Japan over the course of its various upheavals en route to modernization. I suppose I'd like to see more from the history-of-ideas perspective, namely how waves of thought and aesthetics changed over this time period, alongside the excellent descriptions of how gender and labor relation [...]

    4. "A Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present," by Andrew Gordon, is an interesting text on Japanese history, politics, economics and culture from the 1600's to 2000. It shows the evolution of what was once a very divided set of Daimyo lands, under the tutelage of a puppet Emperor and a powerful Shogun ruler. Society progressed at times slowly, as in the Tokugawa age of isolationist policies, and at times rapidly, as in the 1850's as Japan came into increasing contact and confli [...]

    5. When you ask people about their dream vacations, most will say the same old thing like “Italy” or “backpacking through Europe.” Fuck all that. To me, the dream spot is Japan. I’ve been in awe of the place ever since I was a kid, consuming its anime and video games, and eating its food whenever I could. I finally booked a trip in October and, assuming North Korea doesn’t blow the place up, am planning on it being a great trip. I’ve done my homework, scoured my go-to spots, learned s [...]

    6. I'll start off by saying that Andrew Gordon's "A Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present" has successfully satisfied my interest in Japanese history. After having been disappointed in the Tuttle publication of "A History of Japan" due in part to the language and the somewhat outdated feel of information, I started Gordon's historical text in the hopes that it would clear up any confusion that I had. Fortunately, it did. While some of the aspects of the Tokugawa times and befo [...]

    7. Long, academic, and medium-dry, this probably isn't the book for casual interest. But it's readable and well researched. I'd prefer more than a passing glance on the arts. However, the politics, sociology, and economy of Japan over the past 130 years are well covered.

    8. While Gordon's book is titled a modern history of Japan he spends more time on Japan from the 19th-century to the present day. He skips over the Tokugawa history of Japan.

    9. A good summarized resource for those interested in recent Japanese political, economic and cultural history, and I would recommend it if you need a crash course of how Japan got to where it is. Each chapter covers a certain era of modern Japan, from the Meiji restoration to the Lost Decades, in a very in-depth manner, though the amount of information fire-hosed at you may be overwhelming.In fact the sheer amount of information included in this book is both a strength and a weakness, and you will [...]

    10. This is probably one of the best introductory Japanese history books currently in print and is often used as an undergraduate textbook for courses on Japanese politics. Gordon does a nice job tracing Japan's past from just before the start of the Tokugawa era (1600) to the present, even including an update on the 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster. He does a wonderful job presenting a nuanced picture of history, attempting to address events as they applied to a number of different de [...]

    11. This book does an excellent job outlining and giving a reasonable study to several periods in Japanese history as well as into the early 2000 modern history. It is divided into four time periods: Late Feudal Period under the Tokugawa Regime (more specifically the Edo period), Meiji era (1868-1905), Modern era including Taisho era (1905 - 1951), and finally Post WWII contemporary Japan (1952-2000). Gordon then further subdivides each time period to specifically address general history, specific p [...]

    12. Very information packed book about the history of Japan from appx. 1600 - now. It reads like the textbook it is, which at sometimes can be a bit try (postwar Japanese Diet politics is perhaps not the most absorbing of topics). That being said has some very interesting insights into the treatment of women and minorities throughout this time period and does a good job explaining the political, economic and social movements/phases in Japan. In a perfect world would get a 3.5 but I'll bump to 4 sinc [...]

    13. Used as a textbook for many classes, this is a detailed overview of the history of Japan starting in 1600s and going thru 2013. Why I started this book: I wanted to understand more about this amazing and foreign country that I'm living in.Why I finished it: This book was great but more of a slog than I was anticipating. The text was dense, the typeface small and the scope was very broad. Good introduction, but with only one chapter on each topic and time period, there was a lot that wasn't cover [...]

    14. Very insightful on the history of Japan. Sometimes a bit too heavy on the details of Japanese politics (no surprise given the author's track record on Japanese labour and politics), but that's just my personal taste.I liked the way the author describes the various periods layer by layer, looking at different aspects of the history.Interestingly only one single paragraph is dedicated to the atomic bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    15. I hate textbooks. Academics ought to stick to writing treatises--or maybe I ought to stick to not reading them. If you want a four hundred page rundown of the results of every Japanese parliamentary election since SCAP closed down, LOOK NO FURTHER.That said, the introductory section on the Tokugawa era and the Meiji reforms was well-written and informative.

    16. Very well explained, but can't give it more than three stars because important events (e.g. WW1) are not titled, so you just stumble across important information without it being in the title. The whole wars are explained under the titles such as 'economy' etc, which means it is very hard to find, if you're looking, for these specific information.

    17. This book is probably one of the best out there if you want to know about Japanese history. I used it the whole semester as one of the mandatory textbook (along with other Andrew Gordon's book) and I feel like this perfectly sums up all the important milestone of Japan's history.But since it covers so many things, this book is not the place if you want to look for details on a certain issue.

    18. I rather enjoyed this book. However if there is one thing I can complain about, it's the lack of objectivity one would expect from a historian.Too many expressions and opinions reflecting author's personal feelings on the given subject.Very emotional at times as well.It is an an interesting read but I wouldn't treat it as my basic source of information, more like a point of view.

    19. Excellent book, especially it's narrative of japan's social, cultural and economical development through its modern era. Pay attention to the author's doubts of Japan's national character myth, I believe this can apply to most other cultures: national character changes, there's no certain "essence" of a people's nature.

    20. Great insight into Japan's last two centuries. Does a great job of taking you era by era through Japan's many social, political, and economic changes (and lack thereof in some cases). It's refreshing to read an account of Japan's history that isn't too biased by either Japan's or the US's perspective.

    21. Read it for a history class on Japan. Covers all the bases but is pretty turgid, too long and frankly there is nothing profoundly original here (mostly this is straight narrative history). A decent starting point, but don't expect too much here.

    22. This book helped my essay writing on Japanese history no end - a truly masterful account of the most radical political changes Japan has ever seen. Nothing on sumo - my beloved speciality - unfortunately.

    23. I started this book while taking a course on EdX on the history of Japan; Professor Gordon was one of the instructors. The book is very readable and has now been updated to include the Fukushima disaster and its aftermath. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the history of Japan.

    24. Great book for anyone interested in the history of Japan and the far east. Full of detail and yet reads easily. Provides great insight into the culture and politics of Japan leading up to WWII and the U.S. occupation following the war.

    25. This is an excellent overview of Japanese history from 1700 to the present. I wasn't familiar with much of the material and found the history fascinating. The style was a bit dry, but packing so much information into one book was no easy feat!

    26. I know so little about Japan and the people there that I wanted to get a sense for how modern Japan came to be. There's a lot packed into this book and it will help you learn a lot about the modern aspects. Now I've got to go find a book that covers the earlier time periods of Japanese history.

    27. informative, and quite interesting at times, but ultimately a bit dry. the author's propensity to get bogged down in political minutia makes this book feel much longer than it is. but if you're looking for a broad survey of japanese history, it largely does the trick.

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