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This was my textbook for a college course, Modern Japan, a history class that I took for my Japanese major As textbooks go, this one did a good job of showing multiple sides of the situation at any given time period Gordon would talk for awhile about the prosperity of the Japanese people, but then he would address the groups that weren t so prosperous He conveyed the important message that just because the country as a whole tends to feel a certain way or be in a certain situation, there ar This was my textbook for a college course, Modern Japan, a history class that I took for my Japanese major As textbooks go, this one did a good job of showing multiple sides of the situation at any given time period Gordon would talk for awhile about the prosperity of the Japanese people, but then he would address the groups that weren t so prosperous He conveyed the important message that just because the country as a whole tends to feel a certain way or be in a certain situation, there are always people in every camp He didn t lean in one direction too much.Something that I was not quite happy with was the too small focus on some large events in Japanese history He spent a good amount of time discussing the 3.11 disaster, but I felt that the Rape of Nanking and the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki did not receive enough attention Luckily, my professor had prepared supplementary materials for us to read about those topics.They might even be helpful to someone looking to do a littlereading into modern Japanese history, so I ll list them here with the authors names written in Lastname Firstname format in accordance with the customs of China and Japan Hiroshima The Autobiography of Barefoot Gen by Nakazawa KeijiThe Rape of Nanking The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II by Chang IrisUnderground The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche by Murakami Haruki Outstanding telling of the History of Japan from the Meiji restoration until the early 2000s The book focuses mainly on the political play by play, especially during the 1900s, and the corresponding sociological changes, and does so marvellously It s a gripping read, even if some of the aspects covered are not as well fleshed out in particular, the minutiae of the military conquests, the political frameworks upon which these events play out, and the changes to the economic system Japan unde Outstanding telling of the History of Japan from the Meiji restoration until the early 2000s The book focuses mainly on the political play by play, especially during the 1900s, and the corresponding sociological changes, and does so marvellously It s a gripping read, even if some of the aspects covered are not as well fleshed out in particular, the minutiae of the military conquests, the political frameworks upon which these events play out, and the changes to the economic system Japan underwent Regardless, I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone vaguely interested in Japanese History I m afraid I don t know enough about the specifics of Japanese history to discuss the accuracy of this text, but it was an interesting enough introduction to the ins and outs of the social and cultural history of Japan over the course of its various upheavals en route to modernization I suppose I d like to seefrom the history of ideas perspective, namely how waves of thought and aesthetics changed over this time period, alongside the excellent descriptions of how gender and labor relation I m afraid I don t know enough about the specifics of Japanese history to discuss the accuracy of this text, but it was an interesting enough introduction to the ins and outs of the social and cultural history of Japan over the course of its various upheavals en route to modernization I suppose I d like to seefrom the history of ideas perspective, namely how waves of thought and aesthetics changed over this time period, alongside the excellent descriptions of how gender and labor relations changed I felt Professor Gordon wrote a useful, concise modern history of Japan This work is a textbook, however, and reminded me of student days Read Chapter 11 and pp 217 261 for Thursday s class I much preferred Jonathan Spence s modern history of China, by comparison a much easier read I had two specific reactions 1 I found it difficult to compartmentalize political developments, particularly in the postwar era For example, since 1945, Japan has had 35 Prime Ministers these names flowed I felt Professor Gordon wrote a useful, concise modern history of Japan This work is a textbook, however, and reminded me of student days Read Chapter 11 and pp 217 261 for Thursday s class I much preferred Jonathan Spence s modern history of China, by comparison a much easier read I had two specific reactions 1 I found it difficult to compartmentalize political developments, particularly in the postwar era For example, since 1945, Japan has had 35 Prime Ministers these names flowed past me with little to no recall 2 I also felt Professor Gordon provided an overly simplified description of the 2008 2009 financial crisis and its consequences.All in all, though, for someone with little understanding of Japanese history, this is a helpful read A thorough well written book on Japan from Tokugawa Shogunate until 1990s I think I was surprised by the amount of change in Japan from 1860 s 1880 s Japan transformed from Feudal state into Modern nation This is an academic book I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in gaining an outline of Japan Deus Vult, Gottfried Andrew Gordon s work is a wonderful read for those interested in studying modern Japan, as he traces its creation and development, as well as the major domestic and global changes and challenges faced by Japan The text is quite accessible, and at this stage it is reasonably up to date on current events although 5 years of new developments is quite significant, as a period of time, in which the book should be updated I find that its style also encourages thought and questioning on part of the Andrew Gordon s work is a wonderful read for those interested in studying modern Japan, as he traces its creation and development, as well as the major domestic and global changes and challenges faced by Japan The text is quite accessible, and at this stage it is reasonably up to date on current events although 5 years of new developments is quite significant, as a period of time, in which the book should be updated I find that its style also encourages thought and questioning on part of the reader, which is quite fantastic Decent, if a little dry I have too many scattered musings regarding Japanese culture to begin to write a coherent review here, but something will come soon I can t recommend this history book of Japan above any others, but it is what it is Dense, factual, lots of names That there is little discussed by way of individual people here is maybe reflective of Japan anyway. &Free ↟ A Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present ↿ In this sweeping narrative, Andrew Gordon paints a richly nuanced and strikingly original portrait of the last two centuries of Japanese history Gordon takes us from the days of the shogunate the feudal overlordship of the Tokugawa family through the modernizing revolution launched by midlevel samurai in the late nineteenth century, the adoption of Western hairstyles, clothing, and military organization, and the nation s first experiments with mass democracy after World War I Gordon offers the finest synthesis to date of Japan s passage through militarism, World War II, the American occupation, and the subsequent economic rollercoaster But the true originality and value of his approach lies in his close attention to the non elite layers of society Here we see the influence of outside ideas, products, and culture on home life, labor unions, political parties, gender relations, and popular entertainment Gordon shows the struggles to define the meaning of Japan s modernization, from villages and urban neighborhoods, to factory floors and middle managers offices, to the imperial court Most important, he illuminates the interconnectedness of Japanese developments with world history, demonstrating how Japan s historical passage represents a variation of a process experienced by many nations Japan forms one part of the interwoven fabric of modern history As head of the prestigious Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University, Gordon is one of the foremost American authorities on Japanese society In this striking book, he brings all his knowledge and deep personal experience to bear, providing the most comprehensive portrait to date of Japan and its place in the wider world A Modern History of Japan From Tokugawa Times to the Present, by Andrew Gordon, is an interesting text on Japanese history, politics, economics and culture from the 1600 s to 2000 It shows the evolution of what was once a very divided set of Daimyo lands, under the tutelage of a puppet Emperor and a powerful Shogun ruler Society progressed at times slowly, as in the Tokugawa age of isolationist policies, and at times rapidly, as in the 1850 s as Japan came into increasing contact and confli A Modern History of Japan From Tokugawa Times to the Present, by Andrew Gordon, is an interesting text on Japanese history, politics, economics and culture from the 1600 s to 2000 It shows the evolution of what was once a very divided set of Daimyo lands, under the tutelage of a puppet Emperor and a powerful Shogun ruler Society progressed at times slowly, as in the Tokugawa age of isolationist policies, and at times rapidly, as in the 1850 s as Japan came into increasing contact and conflict with European and American colonialist powers This led inescapably to the rise of the Meiji Imperialists in Japan, and the eventual outcome of WWII These years are followed by the American occupation, and the reforms of SCAP Post occupation years and the booming Japanese economy, followed by the bubble burst in the 90 s and the uncertain future of Japan into the 2000 s follow.Andrew Gorden does an excellent job recapping Japans long and fraught history He presents the Japanese side of the argument, but does not fail to gloss over or lessen the impact of their failures ie bubble burst 90 s, corruption and authoritarian power or the outright atrocities that they committed ie the Rape of Nanking, violent imperialism, institutionalized racism Japan suffered from many of the same failures and outright atrocious foreign policy initiatives that many other nations instigated as well, and Gorden makes note of this To be clear, this is in no way an apologistic approach to Japanese history Gorden just lays out the facts, and leaves it to the reader to colour it with their own preconceived notions and beliefs.On the content side, this book examines the political evolution of Japan from Shogunate to multi party democracy It looks at the various turbulent forces that often butted heads throughout this transition Japan s relationship to their Emperor is also noted in detail The economic evolution of Japan also plays a key role in this narrative Japan s evolution from fractured farming state to economic powerhouse is noted, with the key policy initiatives laid out Excellent statistics accompany this narrative to give the reader an in depth look at how Japan s economy fared in comparison to other nations in the world The evolution of society in Japan is closely noted as well, documenting the rise of feminism, the importance of socialism and conservatism in Japanese society and the well being of everyday household, in terms of income, materialistic well being and so on Gorden organises these ideas in rough chronological order, but as one would expect, he does need to backtrack a bit in order to fully cover details from the many subjects this text covers This can sometimes be a bit confusing, and personally, I thought he skipped the importance of Japan s WWI territorial gains and the 1914 1918 era in general Even so, the text is well written and laid out, and not confusing in its intellectual layout I would definitely recommend this text to those interested in Japanese history and society It is a refreshing and unbiased look at Japanese history, with none of the ideological or nationalistic hysteria that often surrounds popular texts on the World War periods Instead it offers a level headed chronological progression of Japan as a nation state It is a bit dated now, but the facts and figures from the past have not changed much, and there are surely texts available to mark the 2000 s in Japan Very well explained, but can t give itthan three stars because important events e.g WW1 are not titled, so you just stumble across important information without it being in the title The whole wars are explained under the titles such as economy etc, which means it is very hard to find, if you re looking, for these specific information.