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Sources of Japanese Tradition, Volume One: From Earliest Times to 1600

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Sources of Japanese Tradition is a best-selling classic, unrivaled for its wide selection of source readings on history, society, politics, education, philosophy, and religion in the Land of the Rising Sun. In this long-awaited second edition, the editors have revised or retranslated most of the texts in the original 1958 edition, and added a great many selections not incl ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 552 pages
Published April 10th 2002 by Columbia University Press (first published June 1958)
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Nash
Jan 10, 2010 Nash added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in Japan, the Japanese people and anything Japanese.
I got to know this book first in its glorious hard-cover edition (heavy!) when I was at Waseda doing my research last year. And, guess what, I borrowed it from the library almost the whole time I was there and still couldn't finish it! It's a heavy read, ladies and gentlemen! I mean, it is by far the best authority and most recent compilation I could find on Japanese historical account.

There are two volumes of this book, I suppose. But since my interest is more on the development that led to the
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James Violand
Mar 12, 2015 James Violand rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Japanese history buffs.
Shelves: own
You must have a thorough knowledge of Japanese history before you pick up this work. With this precondition, I must say that it is very insightful but too focused on the evolution of all forms of Buddhism. Some parts (especially that dealing with the reactions to Western ideas) held my attention. Other sections I had to slog through.
Overall, I found the work unbalanced, but then again, perhaps the second volume will make up for the first's deficiencies.
Morgane
Well, if you want to learn more about the sources of Japanese tradition, this isn't a bad place to start.
Tori
Sources of Japanese Tradition, Vol. 1 by Ryusaku Tsunoda (1964)
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Jun 10, 2013 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice text book read, Some nice reference material.
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