"Well illustrated, in color and b&w, with photos, maps, and period prints, and with an effective bibliography and index: a valuable addition to most libraries. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
An attractive presentation of Japanese history at a critical point—the transformation of ``the isolated and underdeveloped nation into a modern world power'' after the establishment of a new government in 1868—that will help both American and European readers understand the origins of Japanese attitudes toward their cultures.
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