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The Kojiki: An Account of Ancient Matters

by Gustav Heldt

Written in the early eighth century, the Kojiki is considered Japan’s first literary and historical work. A compilation of myths, legends, songs, and genealogies, it recounts the birth of Japan’s islands,...


Hiroshima Nagasaki

by Paul Ham

In this harrowing history of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, Paul Ham argues against the use of nuclear weapons, drawing on extensive research and hundreds of interviews to prove that the bombings had little...


The Columbia Anthology of Japanese Essays: Zuihitsu from the Tenth to the Twenty-First Century

by Steven D. Carter

A court lady of the Heian era, an early modern philologist, a Meiji-period novelist, and a physicist at Tokyo University. What do they have in common, besides being Japanese? They all wrote zuihitsu—a uniquely...


The Imperial Japanese Army: The Invincible Years 1941-42

by Bill Yenne

The German blitzkrieg stunned the world in 1939-1940, and so too did the Japanese "blitzkrieg" of 1941-1942 in the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaya, and Burma. However, the remarkable Japanese land offensive involving...


Coal-Mining Women in Japan: Heavy Burdens

by W. Donald Burton

In the years Bbetween the Meiji Restoration in 1868 and the beginning of the war mobilization boom in 1930, collieries in Europe and America embraced new technologies and had long since been excluded women from...


The Sarashina Diary: A Woman's Life in Eleventh-Century Japan

by Takasue no Musume Sugawara no, Sonja Arntzen & Moriyuki Ito

A thousand years ago, a young Japanese girl embarked on a journey from the wild East Country to the capital. She began a diary that she would continue to write for the next forty years and compile later in life,...


The Origins of the Russo-Japanese War

by Ian Nish

The Russo-Japanese war of 1904-5 has been seen as the turning point of the development of the modern world. Written by a specialist in Japanese diplomacy, this book has been described by the Times Higher Education...


Japan 1868-1945: From Isolation to Occupation

by John Benson & Takao Matsumura

 The history of Imperial Japan, from the Meiji Restoration through to defeat and occupation at the end of the Second World War, is central to any understanding of the way in which modern Japan has developed...


Modern Japan: A Social History Since 1868

by J. E. Thomas

J E Thomas examines the historical roots of Japanese social structures and preoccupations and he sets these within the broad chronological framework of Japan's political and military development. The book can...


Japan and the Wider World: From the Mid-Nineteenth Century to the Present

by Akira Iriye

Akira Iriye assesses Japan's international relations, from a Japanese perspective, in the century and a half since she ended her self-imposed isolation and resumed her place in the international community. The...


Medical Technology in Japan: The Politics of Regulation

by Christa Altenstetter

Compared to its American and European counterparts, Japan lags in adopting innovative medical devices and making new treatments and procedures available to its patients. Christa Altenstetter examines the...


Configurations of Family in Contemporary Japan

by Tomoko Aoyama, Laura Dales & Romit Dasgupta

The middle-class nuclear family model has long dominated discourses on family in Japan. Yet there have always been multiple configurations of family and kinship, which, in the context of significant socio-economic...


Japan: The Paradox of Harmony

by Keiko Hirata

Following a crushing defeat in World War II, Japan rose like a phoenix from the literal ashes to become a model of modernity and success, for decades Asia's premier economic giant. Yet it remains a nation hobbled...


The Heart of Japan: Glimpses of Life and Nature Far from the Travellers' Track in the Land of the Rising Sun: Glimpses of Life and Nature

by Brownell Clarence Ludlow

This collection of commentaries and reflections on Japanese culture, first published in 1904, was written shortly after the return of two English aristocrats from five years spent immersed in the 'Land of the...


Heritage Conservation and Japan's Cultural Diplomacy: Heritage, National Identity and National Interest

by Natsuko Akagawa

Japan's heritage conservation policy and practice, as deployed through its foreign aid programs, has become one of the main means through which post-World War II Japan has sought to mark its presence in the...


Shodo

by Norio Nagayama

The first interactive digital book on Shodo, the way of calligraphy, with pictures and video lessons of Nagayama Norio Sensei. More than 100 photos, illustrations and haiku; 70 videos-exercises in kanji, kaisho,...


Supreme Commander

by Seymour Morris Jr. & Seymour Morris, Jr.

He is the most decorated general in American history—the only five-star general to receive the Medal of Honor. Yet Douglas MacArthur's greatest victory was not in war, but in peace.

As Supreme Commander for...


Tanaka: The Making of Postwar Japan

by James Babb

Kakuei Tanaka was the most powerful politician in Japan for nearly two decades, and his followers have dominated Japanese politics for most of the country's recent history. This account of the life and times...


Emergence of Modern Japan, The: An Introductory History Since 1853

by Janet Hunter

The main emphasis of this book is upon political, social and economic developments, as conditioned by Japan's interaction with the outside world, the advance of industrialisation and the emergence of the Japanese...


Samurai Revolution: The Dawn of Modern Japan Seen Through the Eyes of the Shogun's Last Samurai: The Dawn of Modern Japan Seen Through the

by Romulus Hillsborough

Japan's dramatic rise from a political backwater to a great power; an inside look at the men and their times that shaped a nation.

Samurai Revolution tells the fascinating story of Japan's transformation from...