The first short history of Japan which, in its brevity and simplicity, excels in summarizing Japan's history from ancient...

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JAPAN PAST AND PRESENT

The first short history of Japan which, in its brevity and simplicity, excels in summarizing Japan's history from ancient times to the present, relating it to her national character and conduct. Her geography-the isolation which has made the Japanese a self-conscious people with an irrational notion of superiority. The absorption of Chinese culture from the 6th to the 9th centuries; the subsequent growth of a native culture; feudalism-and its dissolution; the re-establishment of unity in the 16th century which was followed by two centuries of enforced peace and regimentation; westernization in the 19th century, overshadowed by a rising nationalism and militarism; the war; and today, the question of her democratisation which rests largely with us. By a Professor at Harvard, later associated with the State Department, an outline of history-pertinent, precise.

Pub Date: Jan. 9, 1946

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Publisher: Knopf

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 1946