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Inventing Japan, 1853-1964
Makes sense of the most fateful span of Japan’s hi

Our Price: $22.00
By Ian Buruma (au)
Year: 2003
Pages: 194
Binding Hardcover
ISBN 0-679-64085-1

Product Code: 1422358364

Makes sense of the most fateful span of Japanís history, the period that saw as dramatic transformation as any country has ever known. In the course of 100+ yrs., this insular, pre-industrial realm mutated into an expansive mil. dictatorship that supplanted the Brit., French, Dutch, & Amer. empires in Asia before plunging to ruin, emerging as a psuedo-western-style democracy & econ. dynamo. The story is one of a newly united nation that felt it must play catch-up to the established Western powers, a process that involved internal cultural consolidation & the manufacturing of a shared heritage. But Japan has always been both particularly open to the importation of good ideas & particularly prickly about keeping their influence quarantined, & that continues to this day.

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