Japanese History

History of Japan, its region, and diaspora.

A Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present
Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II
The Making of Modern Japan
Hiroshima
The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II
Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan
A History of Japan
Memoirs of a Geisha
Japan's Modern Myths: Ideology in the Late Meiji Period
The Rising Sun: The Decline & Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-45
A History of Japan, 1615-1867
Emperor of Japan: Meiji and His World, 1852-1912
The World of the Shining Prince: Court Life in Ancient Japan
Inventing Japan: 1853-1964
A Brief History of the Samurai: The Way of Japan's Elite Warriors

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