OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

The Pursuit of Power in Modern Japan, 1825-1995

ISBN : 9780198205890

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¥31,493
Author: 
Chushichi Tsuzuki
Pages
562 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
163 x 242 mm
Pub date
Apr 2000
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This new history of modern Japan covers its remarkable transformation from a small country on the fringe of international politics to the major world power it is today. Professor Tsuzuki traces Japan's pursuit of power, first by military and then by economic means, from her attempts to replace China at the centre of the Confucian Middle Kingdom; through the Meiji nationalist response to the inroads of nineteenth century western imperialism; and on to the post-war USJapanese alliance powering the economic miracle of the last half of the twentieth century. He examines Japan's political, intellectual, and industrial development throughout the last two centuries, with special attention to the wars that were fought, and argues that the history of Japan's modernization was closely linked to the growth of Japan's own imperialism. Tsuzuki goes on to reveal how some of the factors which contributed to remaking Japan as an economic giant have also been responsible for her recent economic and political difficulties.

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Preface
Introduction: Land, People, and their Shaping by History
PART I: FROM SECLUSION TO EXPANSION, 1825-1900
1. Japan in 1825: A Crisis in Seclusion
2. The Opening of the Country
3. The Meiji Restoration
4. The Decade of Democratic Ferment: Liberty and People's right
5. The Meiji Constitution
6. The Sino-Japanese War and its Aftermath
7. Meiji Industrialization and its Critics
PART II: THE ROAD TO CATASTROPHE, 1900-1945
8. The Russo-Japanese War and the Annexation of Korea
9. Taisho Democracy and the First World War
10. Taisho Politics and Society: From the Rice Riot to the Public Order Preservation Act
11. Economic Crises and Overseas Colonies
12. Fascism, Militarism, and Thought Control
13. The Undeclared War against China
14. From Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima
PART III: RECONSTRUCTION AND REORGANIZATION, 1945-1995
15. The American Occupation: The New Constitution and the Tokyo War Crimes Trial
16. Occupation Reform: Education, Women, Land and Labour
17. Post-war Reconstruction
18. From Political Conflict to Economic Growth, 1950-1965
19. Japan Incorporated and Radical Challenges, 1965-1973
20. The Heyday of the LDP: From Tanaka to Nakasone
21. The End of Showa and the End of the Bubble Economy
Epilogue
Appendices
Chronology
Glossary
Index

About the author: 

Chushichi Tsuzuki, International University of Japan, Tokyo

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