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A History of Japan

From Stone Age to Superpower

A History of Japan by Kenneth Henshall
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Japan's impact on the modern world is enormous. It occupies just one 300th of the planet's land area, yet wields one sixth of the world's economic power. Just 150 years ago it was an obscure land of paddy fields and feudal despots. Within 50 years it became a major imperial power - its first 'miracle'. At the end of the Second World War it came close to annihilation, suffering nuclear attack and defeat. Many wanted the entire Japanese race exterminated. Yet Japan not only survived, it became an economic superpower - its second 'miracle'.
True miracles have no explanation. Japan's 'miracles' do. Its achievements are partly due to luck, but owe much to the way the nation responds to circumstance. Its responses are based on values and practices often deep-rooted in its history. To understand fully Japan's achievements, it is vital to examine that history. That is exactly what A History of Japan does.
Palgrave Macmillan; September 2004
279 pages; ISBN 9780230502925
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Title: A History of Japan
Author: Kenneth Henshall
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