This compelling text explores the development of Japan through its art, religion, literature, and thought as well as through their economic, political, and social history.
PART I: BEGINNINGS AND FOUNDATIONS. 1. The Prehistory of the Japanese Archipelago. 2. The Early State: Chinese and Korean Influences. PART II: ARISTOCRATS, MONKS, AND SAMURAI. 3. The Heian Period. 4. The Kamakura Period in Japan. 5. Muromachi Japan. PART III: EARLY MODERN/LATE TRADITIONAL JAPAN. 6. The Formation of a New Order. 7. Tokugawa Shogunate. PART IV: JAPAN AND THE MODERN WORLD. 8. Endings and Beginnings: From Tokugawa to Meiji, 1787-1873. 9. The Emergence of Modern Japan: 1874-1894. 10. Imperial Japan: 1895-1931. 11. Militarism and War. 12. The New Japan. Afterword.