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Environmental History in East Asia: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

by Tsui-jung Liu

As environmental history has developed as growing sub-discipline within the study of history, great emphasis has been placed on the importance of adopting an interdisciplinary approach. Indeed, as Environmental...


Japan's Household Registration System and Citizenship: Koseki, Identification and Documentation

by David Chapman & Karl Jakob Krogness

Japan's Household Registration System (koseki seido) is an extremely powerful state instrument, and is socially entrenched with a long history of population governance, social control and the maintenance of...


Marketing and Consumption in Modern Japan

by Kazuo Usui

This book explores the development in Japan throughout the twentieth century of marketing and consumerism. It shows how Japan had a long established indigenous traditional approach to marketing, separate from...


Mitford's Japan: Memories and Recollections, 1866-1906

by Hugh Cortazzi

As the preface to this new edition points out, Mitford (Algernon Bertram, the first Lord Redesdale) was a gifted writer whose descriptions of Japan, during the critical time of transition from a feudal to a...


Bending Adversity: Japan and the Art of Survival

by David Pilling

"[A]n excellent book..." --The Economist

Financial Times Asia editor David Pilling presents a fresh vision of Japan, drawing on his own deep experience, as well as observations from a cross section of Japanese...


Historical Dictionary of Tokyo

by Roman Cybriwsky

The Historical Dictionary of Tokyo, Second Edition covers Tokyo—one of the world's largest, most important, and most complex cities—from the earliest times to the present. This is done through a chronology,...


The Comfort Women: Japan's Brutal Regime of Enforced Prostitution in the Second World War

by George Hicks

"The most extensive record available in English of the ugly story."—Elisabeth Rubinfein, New York Newsday Over 100,000 women across Asia were victims of enforced prostitution by the Japanese Imperial Forces...


Dictionary of the Modern Politics of Japan

by Prof J A A Stockwin & J. A. A. Stockwin

The politics of Japan are less widely reported than its economics. Most people are aware of the economic 'miracle' following the Second World War, whereby Japan became the second largest economy in the world...


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...


A Curious Madness: An American Combat Psychiatrist, a Japanese War Crimes Suspect, and an Unsolved Mystery from World War II

by Eric Jaffe

From an “illuminating and entertaining” (The New York Times) historian comes the World War II story of two men whose remarkable lives improbably converged at the Tokyo war crimes trials of 1946.

In the wake...


The Company and the Shogun: The Dutch Encounter with Tokugawa Japan

by Adam Clulow

The Dutch East India Company was a unique, hybrid organization acting as both company and state, aggressively intervening in Asian political matters in which it had no place. This study focuses on the company’s...


An Encouragement of Learning

by Yukichi Fukuzawa, David A. Dilworth & Shunsaku Nishikawa

The intellectual and social theorist Yukichi Fukuzawa wrote An Encouragement of Learning (1872–1876) as a series of pamphlets as he completed his critical masterpiece, An Outline of a Theory of Civilization...


Japan in Transformation, 1945-2010

by Jeff Kingston

Since 1945, Japan has successfully reinvented itself, rising from the ashes of defeat to become a peaceful and prosperous nation. It is seen as an inspiration for other developing nations and contributes significantly...


Moral Nation: Modern Japan and Narcotics in Global History

by Miriam Kingsberg

This trailblazing study examines the history of narcotics in Japan to explain the development of global criteria for political legitimacy in nations and empires in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Japan...


Historical Dictionary of Japan to 1945

by Kenneth Henshall

The early history of Japan is told through a detailed chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, an extensive bibliography, and over 800 cross-referenced dictionary entries on important people, organizations,...


Japan Faces the World, 1925-1952

by Mary L. Hanneman

 By 1925 the process of Japan's transition to a modern industrialised, westernised state was pretty much complete. Not only had the imperial tradition been restored with the Meiji Restoration in 1868, but some...


Japanese Capitals in Historical Perspective: Place, Power and Memory in Kyoto, EDO and Tokyo

by Nicolas Fieve & Paul Waley

Japan's ability to develop its own brand of modernity has often been attributed in part to the sophistication of its cities. Concentrating on Kyoto, Edo and Tokyo, the contributors to this volume weave together...


A Japanese View of Nature: The World of Living Things by Kinji Imanishi

by Kinji Imanishi & Pamela J. Asquith

Although Seibutsu no Sekai (The World of Living Things), the seminal 1941 work of Kinji Imanishi, had an enormous impact in Japan, both on scholars and on the general public, very little is known about it in...


A Korean War Captive in Japan, 1597¿1600: The Writings of Kang Hang

by JaHyun Kim Haboush & Kenneth R. Robinson

Kang Hang was a Korean scholar-official taken prisoner in 1597 by an invading Japanese army during the Imjin War of 1592–1598. While in captivity in Japan, Kang recorded his thoughts on human civilization,...


Politics and Pitfalls of Japan Ethnography: Reflexivity, Responsibility, and Anthropological Ethics

by Jennifer Robertson

Four anthropologists, Elise Edwards, Ann Elise Lewallen, Bridget Love and Tomomi Yamaguchi, draw on their fieldwork experiences in Japan to demonstrate collectively the inadequacy of both the Code of Ethics...