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The Pursuit of Power in Modern Japan 1825-1995 - Chushichi Tsuzuki

The Pursuit of Power in Modern Japan 1825-1995

Hardcover Published: 1st August 2000
ISBN: 9780198205890
Number Of Pages: 568

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This new history of modern Japan covers its remarkable transformation from a small country on the fringe of international politics to the major world power it is today. Professor Tsuzuki traces Japan's pursuit of power, first by military and then by economic means, from her attempts to replace China at the centre of the Confucian Middle Kingdom; through the Meiji nationalist response to the inroads of nineteenth century western imperialism; and on to the post-war USJapanese alliance powering the economic miracle of the last half of the twentieth century. He examines Japan's political, intellectual, and industrial development throughout the last two centuries, with special attention to the wars that were fought, and argues that the history of Japan's modernization was closely linked to the growth of Japan's own imperialism. Tsuzuki goes on to reveal how some of the factors which contributed to remaking Japan as an economic giant have also been responsible for her recent economic and political difficulties.

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`insightful observations and analyses. The basic accounts are known to students of Japanese history, but the details here will be illuminating to many readers of this study' American Historical Review, June 2001 `Even readers familiar with Japan's modern history will find much that is new and fascinating - the account of the years of the Pacific War is a particular tour de force. ... For the slightly more advanced student Tsuzuki provides a wealth of ideas and information.' Ian Neary, Asian Affairs Feb 2001 `This valuable and detailed book, describing the long arc of evolution from deep inside isolationist, feudal Japan, through confrontation with the outside world and the determination to master its norms and emerge victorious, makes clear, in a way that no more narrowly focused study can, "how Japan got that way," what it achieved and obtained by its heady modernization , and what deeper values it ignored.' John Mosher, History Summer 2000. `His book is clear, almost encyclopedic, and free of personal interjection or 'revision'. It provides the facts needed to see the completed puzzle that is the unique, outwardly modern world power, Japan.' John Mosher, History, Summer 2000. `Professor Tsuzki's examination of the country s traditional position on, and manipulation of power is timely. By studying it we see clues as to how Japan will shape herself in the twenty-first century.' Raymond Lamont-Brown, Contemporary Review, Vol.277, No.1615.

Preface Introduction: Land, People, and their Shaping by History Part I: From Seclusion to Expansion, 1825-1900 1: Japan in 1825: A Crisis in Seclusion 2: The Opening of the Country 3: The Meiji Restoration 4: The Decade of Democratic Ferment: Liberty and People's right 5: The Meiji Constitution 6: The Sino-Japanese War and its Aftermath 7: Meiji Industrialization and its Critics Part II: The Road to Catastrophe, 1900-1945 8: The Russo-Japanese War and the Annexation of Korea 9: Taisho Democracy and the First World War 10: Taisho Politics and Society: From the Rice Riot to the Public Order Preservation Act 11: Economic Crises and Overseas Colonies 12: Fascism, Militarism, and Thought Control 13: The Undeclared War against China 14: From Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima Part III: Reconstruction and Reorganization, 1945-1995 15: The American Occupation: The New Constitution and the Tokyo War Crimes Trial 16: Occupation Reform: Education, Women, Land and Labour 17: Post-war Reconstruction 18: From Political Conflict to Economic Growth, 1950-1965 19: Japan Incorporated and Radical Challenges, 1965-1973 20: The Heyday of the LDP: From Tanaka to Nakasone 21: The End of Showa and the End of the Bubble Economy Epilogue; Appendices; Chronology; Glossary; Index

ISBN: 9780198205890
ISBN-10: 0198205899
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 568
Published: 1st August 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.92

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