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Routledge Handbook of Modern Japanese History / Edition 1

Routledge Handbook of Modern Japanese History / Edition 1

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The Routledge Handbook of Modern Japanese History is a concise overview of modern Japanese history from the middle of the nineteenth century until the end of the twentieth century. Written by a group of international historians, each an authority in his or her field, the book covers modern Japanese history in an accessible yet comprehensive manner. The subjects featured in the book range from the development of the political system and matters of international relations, to social and economic history and gender issues, to post-war discussions about modern Japan’s historical trajectory and its wartime past. Divided into thematic parts, the sections include:

  • Nation, empire and borders
  • Ideologies and the political system
  • Economy and society
  • Historical legacies and memory

Each chapter outlines important historiographical debates and controversies, summarizes the latest developments in the field, and identifies research topics that have not yet received sufficient scholarly attention. As such, the book will be useful to students and scholars of Japanese history, Asian history and Asian Studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138815186
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 10/16/2017
Pages: 572
Product dimensions: 6.75(w) x 9.75(h) x (d)

About the Author

Sven Saaler is Professor of Modern Japanese History at Sophia University, Tokyo. His publications include Politics, Memory and Public Opinion (2005) and Pan-Asianism in Modern Japanese History (2007).

Christopher W. A. Szpilman is Professor of Modern Japanese History at Teikyo University, Tokyo. His recent publications include Pan-Asianism: A Documentary History (2011, co-editor) and Radicalism and Pan-Asianism in Modern Japanese History (2015, in Japanese).

Table of Contents


Part I Nation, empire, borders

1. Japan in the global twentieth century, Akira Iriye

2. Alliances and enmities: Relations with Great Britain and Europe, Antony Best

3. Japan and Asia, Christopher W. A. Szpilman and Sven Saaler

4. Unequal treaties, consular jurisdiction, and treaty port society, Harald Fuess

5. The English-language press networks in the transnational history of East Asia, 1850–1950, Peter O’Connor

6. Japan’s colonial empire, Sandra Wilson and Robert Cribb

7. Race and racism, Rotem Kowner

8. Overseas migration, 1868–1945, Martin Dusinberre

9. Ryukyu/Okinawa’s trajectory – from periphery to centre, 1600–2015, Gavan McCormack

Part II Ideologies and the political system

10. From Edo to Meiji: The public sphere and political criticism in nineteenth-century Japan, Matsuda Kōichirō

11. State Shinto, Kate Wildman Nakai

12. Conservatism and conservative reaction, Christopher W. A. Szpilman

13. The military and politics, Sven Saaler

14. Liberalism, internationalism, and democracy, Michael A. Schneider

15. The bureaucracy and politics, Roger H. Brown

16. The debate on fascism in Japanese historiography, Katō Yōko

17. Japan’s 1930s: crisis, fascism, and social imperialism, Ethan Mark

18. Japan’s war of words: World War II propaganda, Barak Kushner

Part III Economy and society

19. The path of economic development from the late nineteenth century to the economic miracle, Penelope Francks

20. The yen – Japan’s national currency, Mark Ravina

21. Urban life and the city idea in the twentieth century, Louise Young

22. Cooperatives and grassroots developments, Tessa Morris-Suzuki

23. The emergence of trade unions, Christopher Gerteis

24. The postwar employment system, Charles Weathers

25. Genders, sexualities and bodies in modern Japanese history, Vera Mackie

26. Religion in the postwar era, Ian Reader

27. Washoku, heritage and national identity, Katarzyna J. Cwiertka

28. Environmental history, Philip C. Brown

Part IV Historical legacies and memory

29. Debates over historical consciousness, Yoshida Yutaka

30. History and the state in postwar Japan, Hatano Sumio

31. The politics of Yasukuni Shrine and war memory, Jeff Kingston

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