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  • The Sino-Japanese War of 1894–1895by S. C. M. Paine

    Cambridge University Press 2002; US$ 46.00

    This book examines the Sino-Japanese War of 1894–5, a seminal event in world history. more...

  • Queer Japan from the Pacific War to the Internet Ageby Mark McLelland

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2005; US$ 54.00

    Scholarship on Japan has recently broadened to include minority perspectives on communities from marginal workers to those whose sexuality has long been overlooked. This volume, with its combination of fieldwork in the gay and lesbian communities and the use of historical sources such as journals and documents, breaks important new ground in this field.... more...

  • Monster of the Twentieth Centuryby Robert Thomas Tierney

    University of California Press 2015; US$ 70.00

    This extended monograph examines the work of the radical journalist Kotoku Shusui and Japan’s anti-imperialist movement of the early twentieth century. It includes the first English translation of Imperialism (Teikokushugi), Kotoku’s classic 1901 work. Kotoku Shusui was a Japanese socialist, anarchist, and critic of Japan’s imperial expansionism... more...

  • The Nightless Cityby J. E. de Becker

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 14.00

    This unsurpassed study from 100 years ago ventured into Tokyo's red-light district to survey geisha and courtesan life and offer meticulous descriptions of training, dress, social hierarchy, and erotic practices. 49 black-and-white illustrations; 2 maps. more...

  • The Problem of Women in Early Modern Japanby Marcia Yonemoto

    University of California Press 2016; US$ 70.00

    Early modern Japan was a military-bureaucratic state governed by patriarchal and patrilineal principles and laws. During this time, however, women had considerable power to directly affect social structure, political practice, and economic production. This apparent contradiction between official norms and experienced realities lies at the heart of... more...

  • Japanby Nancy K. Stalker

    University of California Press 2018; US$ 34.95

    Japan: History and Culture from Classical to Cool  provides a historical account of Japan’s elite and popular cultures from premodern to modern periods. Drawing on the most up-to-date scholarship across numerous disciplines, Nancy K. Stalker presents the key historical themes, cultural trends, and religious developments throughout Japanese history.... more...

  • Japanby Mikiso Hane

    Oneworld Publications 2013; US$ 14.92

    What is a shogun? Who were the samurai and what is the warrior code? What lies behind the Japanese work ethic? From the ancient tea ceremony to the boom and subsequent downturn of its economic prosperity, this uniquely concise introduction to Japan and its history surveys nearly 10,000 years of society, culture, economics and politics. Balancing economic... more...

  • Akutō and Rural Conflict in Medieval Japanby Morten Oxenboell

    University of Hawaii Press 2018; US$ 24.99

    This volume offers the first in-depth analysis in English of an understudied phenomenon in medieval Japanese history: the so-called akutō (literally, “evil bands”). Employing chronicles, laws, and legal documents from the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, as well as recent Japanese scholarship, Morten Oxenboell examines the significance of akutō... more...

  • The Nightless Cityby J. E. de Becker

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 14.00

    This unsurpassed study from 100 years ago ventured into Tokyo's red-light district to survey geisha and courtesan life and offer meticulous descriptions of training, dress, social hierarchy, and erotic practices. 49 black-and-white illustrations; 2 maps. more...

  • Inventing Japanby Ian Buruma

    Random House Publishing Group 2003; US$ 15.15

    In a single short book as elegant as it is wise, Ian Buruma makes sense of the most fateful span of Japan’s history, the period that saw as dramatic a transformation as any country has ever known. In the course of little more than a hundred years from the day Commodore Matthew Perry arrived in his black ships, this insular, preindustrial realm mutated... more...