A History of Japan, 1334-1615

A History of Japan This is a straightforward narrative of the development of Japanese civilization from to by the author of Japan A Short Cultural History While complete in itself it is also the first volume

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  • Title: A History of Japan, 1334-1615
  • Author: George Bailey Sansom
  • ISBN: 9780804705257
  • Page: 243
  • Format: Paperback
  • This is a straightforward narrative of the development of Japanese civilization from 1334 to 1615 by the author of Japan A Short Cultural History While complete in itself, it is also the first volume of a three volume work which will be the first large scale, comprehensive history of Japan.Taken as a whole, the projected history represents the culmination of the life worThis is a straightforward narrative of the development of Japanese civilization from 1334 to 1615 by the author of Japan A Short Cultural History While complete in itself, it is also the first volume of a three volume work which will be the first large scale, comprehensive history of Japan.Taken as a whole, the projected history represents the culmination of the life work of perhaps the most distinguished historian now writing on Japan Unlike the renowned Short Cultural History, it is concerned mainly with political and social phenomena and only incidentally touches on religion, literature, and the arts The treatment is primarily descriptive and factual, but the author offers some pragmatic interpretations and suggests comparisons with the history of other peoples.A History of Japan 1334 1615 describes the growth of a new feudal hierarchy, the ebb and flow of civil war, the rise and fall of great families, and the development amidst extreme political disorder of remarkable new features in institutional and economic life This is the period of expanding relations with other parts of Asia and of the arrival of traders and missionaries from European countries the first contact of Japan with the West The volume ends with an account of the abortive invasion of Korea and the last outburst of the civil war that was terminated in 1615 by the victory of the first of the Tokugawa Shoguns, Ieyasu.

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    1. The second volume of Sansom's survey of Japanese history covers the period of war from the Heian period through to the shogun period. We are treated to warring, marauding monks suppressed by imperial forces. The legends of the kamikaze (divine wind) that saved Japan from invasion by Chinese and Korean ships, not once but twice. The insular culture became even more unique and marked its difference from the mainland in a flurry of literature and art despite all the warfare. The somewhat schizophre [...]

    2. This is it. This is the one you've been waiting for: "The Empire Strikes Back" of the Japan trilogy. We're done with Amaterasu, Buddha, and the Hojos, and not quite to land allotment particulars and rice production statistics. This is the warring states thrill ride, spanning from Onin to Sekigahara. My favorite part is the Battle of Okehazama, where Nobunaga sneak attacks Imagawa's 25,000 strong force with 1,800 men. Talk about brass ones. How's it turn out? Read the book!!!

    3. In a modern world where instant gratification runs rampant, this 'synopsis' provides some shelter from the constant barrage of shallow content. The book, the 2nd part of a trilogy, encapsulates the events leading to the most notorious and most (in)famous time of Japan.Admittedly, I did pick up the book to learn more only about the Sengoku Jidai and the preceeding Onin War. Similar readers might be discouraged to hear that the book pays those turbulence and interesting periods the same amount of [...]

    4. Sansom does a great job of covering this exciting period of Japanese history. Sure, the book's a tad dry, given all the bloodshed, but I really learned the history, culture, politics and religion.

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