A History of Japan Author:R.H.P. Mason and J.G. Caiger The evolution of modern Japan is one of the most enthralling of all national histories. In their deeply researched book Dr. Mason and Dr. Caiger trace the intricate and absorbing progress of Japan's civilization, beginning with archaeological evidence of the islands' prehistory, continuing through the development of a unified state with its wri... more »tten records, recounting the story of the stormy medieval period, analyzing society and administration in early modern Japan, reviewing the Meiji era and its policies of deliberate modernization, and concluding with the Japan that we know: the Japan of today.
Apart from making an authoritative survey of all aspects of the country's political and economic structure, the authors give full attention to the religion, culture, and arts of each epoch. A perceptive postscript depicting Japan since the early 1950s, and discussing current trends in life-style and public policies, completes this invaluable history of a people attempting to find their proper place in the modern world.« less