Japan 1868-1945From Isolation to Occupation
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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 and will continue to develop in the future. This wide-ranging accessible and up-to-date interpretation of Japanese history between 1868 and 1945 provides both a narrative and analysis. Describing the major changes that took place in Japanese political, economic and social life during this period, it challenges widely-held views about the uniqueness of Japanese history and the homogeneity of Japanese society.
AcknowledgementsAbbreviationsMaps1. Introduction2. Politics and political systems3. International relations and imperial expansion4. Economic growth, industrial relations, consumption and saving5. Education, religion and the media6. Individual, family, class and nation7. Epilogue: the Allied Occupation, 1945-528. ConclusionAppendicesIndex
- Provides necessary background and context for understanding current Japanese society and politics.
- Accessible, reader-friendly introduction to modern Japan and her emergence as an international power.
John Benson is author of a number of economic and social history books under the Longman imprint, most notably The Working Class in Britain, 1850-1939 and The Rise of Consumer Societry in Britain, 1880-1980.