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Routledge Handbook of Modern Japanese History

Edited by: Sven Saaler , Christopher W. A. Szpilman

Print publication date:  October  2017
Online publication date:  October  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138815186
eBook ISBN: 9781315746678
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The Routledge Handbook of Modern Japanese History is a concise overview of modern Japanese history from the middle of the nineteenth century until the end of the twentieth century. Written by a group of international historians, each an authority in his or her field, the book covers modern Japanese history in an accessible yet comprehensive manner. The subjects featured in the book range from the development of the political system and matters of international relations, to social and economic history and gender issues, to post-war discussions about modern Japan?s historical trajectory and its wartime past. Divided into thematic parts, the sections include:

  • Nation, empire and borders
  • Ideologies and the political system
  • Economy and society
  • Historical legacies and memory

Each chapter outlines important historiographical debates and controversies, summarizes the latest developments in the field, and identifies research topics that have not yet received sufficient scholarly attention. As such, the book will be useful to students and scholars of Japanese history, Asian history and Asian Studies.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Japan in the global twentieth century Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Alliances and enmities Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Japan and Asia Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Unequal treaties, consular jurisdiction, and treaty port society Download PDF
Chapter  5:  The English-language press networks in the transnational history of East Asia, 1850–1950 Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Japan’s colonial empire Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Race and racism Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Overseas migration, 1868–1945 Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Ryukyu/Okinawa’s trajectory: from periphery to centre, 1600–2015 Download PDF
Chapter  10:  From Edo to Meiji Download PDF
Chapter  11:  State Shinto Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Conservatism and conservative reaction Download PDF
Chapter  13:  The military and politics Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Liberalism, internationalism, and democracy Download PDF
Chapter  15:  The bureaucracy and politics Download PDF
Chapter  16:  The debate on fascism in Japanese historiography  Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Japan’s 1930s Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Japan’s war of words Download PDF
Chapter  19:  The path of economic development from the late nineteenth century to the economic miracle Download PDF
Chapter  20:  The yen: Japan’s national currency Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Urban life and the city idea in the twentieth century Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Cooperatives and grassroots developments Download PDF
Chapter  23:  The emergence of trade unions Download PDF
Chapter  24:  The postwar employment system Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Genders, sexualities and bodies in modern Japanese history Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Religion in the postwar era Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Washoku, heritage and national identity Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Environmental history Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Debates over historical consciousness  Download PDF
Chapter  30:  History and the state in postwar Japan Download PDF
Chapter  31:  The politics of Yasukuni Shrine and war memory Download PDF
Bibliography Download PDF
Chronology Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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