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  • The Origins of the Lebanese National Ideaby Carol Hakim

    University of California Press 2013; US$ 49.95

    In this fascinating study, Carol Hakim presents a new and original narrative on the origins of the Lebanese national idea. Hakim?s study reconsiders conventional accounts that locate the origins of Lebanese nationalism in a distant legendary past and then trace its evolution in a linear and gradual manner. She argues that while some of the ideas and... more...

  • Inventing Lebanonby Kais M. Firro

    I.B.Tauris 2002; US$ 32.00

    Inventing Lebanon examines the history behind an idea: a new polity of ?Greater Lebanon?. It shows how, under the powerful influence of the French Mandate, various groups of the local elite attempted to create what amounted to a new Lebanese nationalism, carving the state into Maronite Christian, Sunni and Shiite power bases. The results only accentuated... more...

  • Kokoroby Lafcadio Hearn

    The Floating Press 2012; US$ 3.99

    As a lifelong scholar and observer of Japanese culture, Lafcadio Hearn was deeply familiar with the beliefs, attitudes, worldviews, and habits of the country's populace. In this inspiring book, he distills a lifetime worth of knowledge into a series of tips and suggestions that readers can use to cultivate the tranquility and balance that so many... more...

  • The Japanese Spiritby Yoshisaburo Okakura

    The Floating Press 2013; US$ 3.99

    For centuries, the unique culture of Japan has enchanted Westerners and other foreign observers. Although there was a strong and growing interest in scholarly studies of Japan throughout the nineteenth century, most of these investigations were conducted by outsiders with scant knowledge of Japanese culture. The Japanese Spirit collects a series of... 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...

  • Modern Japanby J. E. Thomas

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 62.95

    J E Thomas examines the historical roots of Japanese social structures and preoccupations and he sets these within the broad chronological framework of Japan's political and military development. The book can thus serve as an introduction to modern Japan in a more general sense - but its focus throughout is on the people themselves. Professor Thomas... more...

  • Japan 1868-1945by John Benson; Takao Matsumura

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 68.95

    The history of Imperial Japan, from the Meiji Restoration through to defeat and occupation at the end of the Second World War, is central to any understanding of the way in which modern Japan has developed and will continue to develop in the future. This wide-ranging accessible and up-to-date interpretation of Japanese history between 1868 and 1945... more...

  • The Power to Competeby Hiroshi Mikitani; Ryoichi Mikitani

    Wiley 2014; US$ 25.00

    Father and son – entrepreneur and economist – search for Japan's economic cure The Power to Compete tackles the issues central to the prosperity of Japan – and the world – in search of a cure for the "Japan Disease." As founder and CEO of Rakuten, one of the world's largest Internet companies, author Hiroshi Mikitani brings... more...

  • Unbeaten Tracks in Japanby Isabella L. Bird

    The Floating Press 1911; US$ 4.99

    Isabella L. Bird (1831 - 1904) was a nineteenth-century English traveler, writer, and a natural historian. From Bird's preface in Unbeaten Tracks in Japan : This is not a "Book on Japan," but a narrative of travels in Japan, and an attempt to contribute something to the sum of knowledge of the present condition of the country, and it... more...

  • Japan Took the J.A.P. Out of Meby Lisa Fineberg Cook

    Pocket Books 2009; US$ 15.00

    Six days after an InStyle -worthy wedding in Los Angeles, Lisa Fineberg Cook left behind her little red Jetta, her manicurist of ten years, and her very best friend for the land of the rising sun. When her husband accepted a job teaching English in Nagoya, Japan, she imagined exotic weekend getaways, fine sushi dinners, and sake sojourns with glamorous... more...