New York: Oxford University Press, 2003. First Edition (presumed). First Printing. Hardcover. Used - Fine/As New. Cream paper boards with brown cloth spine, silver lettering on spine. Corners sharp. Binding tight and square. No toning or foxing. Text box clean, unmarked, bright. 17 x 25 cm. B/W illustrations in text. Maps. Tables. Appendix. Notes. Bibliography. Index. 384 pp. / Used - Fine. Little to no wear. Item #7125
A Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present, paints a richly nuanced and strikingly original portrait of the last two centuries of Japanese history. It takes students from the days of the shogunate--the feudal overlordship of the Tokugawa family--through the modernizing revolution launched by midlevel samurai in the late nineteenth century; the adoption of Western hairstyles, clothing, and military organization; and the nation's first experiments with mass democracy after World War I. Author Andrew Gordon offers the finest synthesis to date of Japan's passage through militarism, World War II, the American occupation, and the subsequent economic rollercoaster.