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A History of Japan, 1582–1941

Internal and External Worlds

A History of Japan, 1582–1941 by L. M. Cullen
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This 2003 book offers a distinctive overview of the internal and external pressures responsible for the making of modern Japan. L. M. Cullen argues that Japanese policies and fears have often been caricatured in western accounts which have viewed the expansion of the west in an unduly positive light. He shows that Japan before 1854, far from being in progressive economic and social decay or political crisis, was on balance a successful society led by rational policymakers. He also shows how when an external threat emerged after 1793 the country became on balance more open rather than more oppressive and that Japan displayed remarkable success in negotiation with the western powers in 1853–68. In the twentieth century, however, with the 1889 constitution failing to control the armed forces and western and American interests encroaching in Asia and the Pacific, Japan abandoned realism and met her nemesis in China and the Pacific.
Cambridge University Press; May 2003
377 pages; ISBN 9780511075438
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Title: A History of Japan, 1582–1941
Author: L. M. Cullen
 
ISBNs
051107543X
9780511075438
9780521821551