Japan: Its History and Culture

Japan: Its History and Culture 1

It's History and Culture

by Scott Morton

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 30/08/2004

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This is a revision of the long successful, short, illustrated cultural history of Japan, from its beginnings about 3000 BC to the present day, first published in 1970 and continuously in use over several editions in colleges and universities nationwide.

It is designed as a straightforward, detail-rich portrait of a nation not well understood in the West. The position of Japan on the international scene has changed markedly since the current edition was published in 1994: Japan had been a star of postwar industrial production and methods; over the past few years, it has encountered serious trouble with market forces; its financial practices, particularly the tacit collaboration between powerful factions in government and industry, has come under question and even attack. In a traditionally extremely conservative country, social changes and departure from tradition have begun to have a significant presence.

The book is distinctive in its incorporation of cultural elements, at their high point, into the unfolding story of political events. Rather than just following the political and military course of history, treating them separately from the cultural side, Morton presents an integrated view, showing the parallel development of cultural and political events, as well as their influence on each other.

For example, the sweeping effect of Chinese culture on Japanese is treated as an organic whole, exploring its results in government, social life, religion and art. The book also casts fascinating sidelights on significant personalities, works of literature and historic events. Balanced treatment is key; each period in the past is given equal treatment, with somewhat more emphasis on contemporary history and recent developments.

ISBN:
9780071412803
9780071412803
Category:
Asian history
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
30-08-2004
Language:
English
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Education - Europe
Country of origin:
United States
Edition:
4th Edition
Pages:
368
Dimensions (mm):
226x155x15mm
Weight:
0.43kg

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  • Excellent Study Book

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    I'm a university student and at the moment we are using this book as a textbook. It overviews the various aspects of ancient Japanese culture including religion, rituals, politics, etc.

    It is a great resource for someone who likes things explained as simply as possible with great content.

    I would give it a 4 out of 5 because it's a great book for someone after an overview of ancient Japanese culture and society.