The Great Wave: Gilded Age Misfits, Japanese Eccentrics, and the Opening of Old Japan

The Great Wave: Gilded Age Misfits, Japanese Eccentrics, and the Opening of Old Japan

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When the United States entered the Gilded Age after the Civil War, argues cultural historian Christopher Benfey, the nation lost its philosophical moorings and looked eastward to “Old Japan,” with its seemingly untouched indigenous culture, for balance and perspective. Japan, meanwhile, was trying to reinvent itself as a more cosmopolitan, modern state, ultimately transforming itself, in the course of twenty-five years, from a feudal backwater to an international… (more)

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Publisher: Random House (December 18, 2007)

Format: EPUB

Page count: 352 pages

File size: 2.3 MB

Protection: DRM

Language: English


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