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Author Giffard, Sydney.

Title Japan among the powers, 1890-1990 / Sydney Giffard
Published New Haven, [Conn.] : Yale University Press, [1994]


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Description xxi, 218 pages : map ; 24 cm
Contents 1. A Place Among the Powers, 1890-1900 -- 2. Expansion on the Asian Continent, 1900-12 -- 3. World Crisis and Reconstruction, 1912-22 -- 4. Earthquake, Economic Tremors, Violent Indiscipline, 1922-31 -- 5. National Dreams, International Nightmares, 1931-41 -- 6. War, Occupation and Renewal, 1941-52 -- 7. Fevered Politics, Robust Industry, 1952-72 -- 8. New Agenda: Domestic, Regional and Global, 1972-90 -- Glossary of Selected Japanese Terms
Summary Recognizing the role of individuals in the development of modern Japan, Giffard provides insights into many important leaders - from those who directed comprehensive national transformation at the start of the century to those who inspired economic recovery after World War Two. He concludes by analyzing the demand for political reform in Japan, up to the spring of 1992, and its implications for Japan's future as a world power
This absorbing book, written by an author who has lived in and studied Japan for many years, provides a fresh perspective on Japan's history, politics, and culture over the past hundred years. It traces Japan's phenomenal development into one of the world's great powers, portraying events in Japan - and its rapid industrialization - as shaped by Japanese decision-makers rather than as generally perceived by the outside world. Beginning in 1890, the year in which the country's first modern constitution came into being and the Imperial Diet was first convened, Giffard describes Japan's determination to gain an equal footing with the dominant nations of the West. He examines the complex interplay, through the century, of forces underlying economic development during peace and war, analyzing the conflicts and contradictions as well as the achievements
Analysis Asia
Economic conditions
National security
Overseas item
Political change
Power (International relations)
Social conditions
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 196-203) and index
Subject Japan -- History -- 1868-
Japan -- Relations.
LC no. 93036806
ISBN 0300058470