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Japan: Tradition and Transformation

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  29 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Paperback, revised, 384 pages
Published April 13th 1989 by Cengage Learning (first published December 31st 1978)
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Dan
Aug 03, 2016 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, japanese
As far as textbooks go, this is probably the best on Japanese history that I've ever read. It's to the point, informative, even-handed, short--only around 335 pages--and written in an engaging style that rarely bores me. This makes sense considering it was written by the great Edwin Reischauer of Harvard University. Definitely recommended for those interested in Japanese history but not yet ready or willing to tackle books like The Making of Modern Japan (another excellent history but mostly foc ...more
Dan B
Jul 23, 2012 Dan B rated it liked it
It's a good book - almost. The writing is good, informative, and succinct. But the book entirely ignores the rape of nanking and overly paints Japan in too nice of a view. I would say this is a dangerous book because of how generous it is, but it's unforgivable that they ignored such an event.
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