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Japan

  • The Imperial Japanese Armyby Bill Yenne

    Osprey Publishing 2014; US$ 9.99

    The German blitzkrieg stunned the world in 1939-1940, and so too did the Japanese "blitzkrieg" of 1941-1942 in the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaya, and Burma. However, the remarkable Japanese land offensive involving operations of equivalent scope and complexity has received only a fraction of the attention. This is the story of that campaign. One... more...

  • Maiden Voyageby Joshua A. Fogel

    University of California Press 2014; US$ 60.00

    After centuries of virtual isolation, during which time international sea travel was forbidden outside of Japan?s immediate fishing shores, Japanese shogunal authorities in 1862 made the unprecedented decision to launch an official delegation to China by sea. Concerned by the fast-changing global environment, they had witnessed the ever-increasing... more...

  • Japan and the Wider Worldby Akira Iriye

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 57.95

    Akira Iriye assesses Japan's international relations, from a Japanese perspective, in the century and a half since she ended her self-imposed isolation and resumed her place in the international community. The book is the author's own adaptation of two highly successful short studies, up to and after 1945, that he wrote for Japan. It ends with a consideration... more...

  • A History of Japanby Conrad Totman

    Wiley 2014; US$ 64.95

    This is an updated edition of Conrad Totman’s authoritative history of Japan from c.8000 BC to the present day. The first edition was widely praised for combining sophistication and accessibility. Covers a wide range of subjects, including geology, climate, agriculture, government and politics, culture, literature, media, foreign relations,... more...

  • Configurations of Family in Contemporary Japanby Tomoko Aoyama; Laura Dales; Romit Dasgupta

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 135.00

    The middle-class nuclear family model has long dominated discourses on family in Japan. Yet there have always been multiple configurations of family and kinship, which, in the context of significant socio-economic and demographic shifts since the 1990s, have become increasingly visible in public discourse. This book explores the meanings and practices... more...

  • Ivory and the Aesthetics of Modernity in Meiji Japanby Martha Chaiklin

    Palgrave Macmillan 2014; US$ 45.00

    The opening of the ports of Japan in 1859 brought a flood of Japanese craft products to the world marketplace. For ivory it was a golden age. This book examines the role that ivory and ivory carvers played in the expression of nationalism and the development of sculpture in the later nineteenth and early twentieth century. more...

  • The Heart of Japan: Glimpses of Life and Nature Far From the Travellers' Track in the Land of the Rising Sunby Brownell Clarence Ludlow

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 145.00

    This collection of commentaries and reflections on Japanese culture, first published in 1904, was written shortly after the return of two English aristocrats from five years spent immersed in the ?Land of the Rising Sun?. Their intention through these anecdotes ? some humorous and charming, others tragic and thought-provoking ? was to offer glimpses... more...

  • Hiroshima Nagasakiby Paul Ham

    St. Martin's Press 2014; US$ 35.99

    In this harrowing history of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, Paul Ham argues against the use of nuclear weapons, drawing on extensive research and hundreds of interviews to prove that the bombings had little impact on the eventual outcome of the Pacific War. More than 100,000 people were killed instantly by the atomic bombs, mostly women, children,... more...

  • Der Untergang des Dritten Reiches im Spiegel der deutsch-japanischen Kulturbegegnungby Till Ph Koltermann; Yasuko Abe; Klaus Antoni

    Harrassowitz Verlag 2014; US$ 56.17

    In der Studie werden die Fragen nach dem historischen Ort der deutsch-japanischen Kulturbegegnung 1933?1945 gestellt und Traditionen, Brüche und Kontinuitäten der deutschen Japan-Wahrnehmung beleuchtet, die bis in die heutige Zeit fortwirken. Zwischen 1933 und 1945 intensivierte das Deutsche Reich neben den politisch-militärischen Beziehungen insbesondere... more...

  • The Columbia Anthology of Japanese Essaysby Steven D. Carter

    Columbia University Press 2014;

    A court lady of the Heian era, an early modern philologist, a Meiji-period novelist, and a physicist at Tokyo University. What do they have in common, besides being Japanese? They all wrote zuihitsu—a uniquely Japanese literary genre encompassing features of the nonfiction or personal essay and miscellaneous musings. For sheer range of subject matter... more...