Japanese History

History of Japan, its region, and diaspora.

Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II
A Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present
The Making of Modern Japan
Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan
Hiroshima
The Rape of Nanking
A History of Japan
Shinsengumi: The Shogun's Last Samurai Corps
Japan's Modern Myths: Ideology in the Late Meiji Period
The Rising Sun: The Decline & Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-45
Emperor of Japan: Meiji and His World, 1852-1912
Early Modern Japan
Memoirs of a Geisha
Japan at War:  An Oral History
The Cambridge History of Japan, Volume 5: the Nineteenth Century

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