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The Human Tradition in Modern Japan

The Human Tradition in Modern Japan

by Anne Walthall

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The Human Tradition in Modern Japan is a collection of short biographies of ordinary Japanese men and women, most of them unknown outside their family and locality, whose lives collectively span the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Their stories present a counterweight to the prevailing stereotypes, providing students with depictions of real people through the records they have left-records that detail experiences and aspirations.

The Human Tradition in Modern Japan offers a human-scale perspective that focuses on individuals, reconstitutes the meaning of people's experiences as they lived through them, and puts a human face on history. It skillfully bridges the divides between the sexes, between the local and the national, and between rural and urban, as well as spanning crucial moments in the history of modern Japan.

The Human Tradition in Modern Japan is an excellent resource for courses on Japanese history, East Asian history, and peoples and cultures of Japan.

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ISBN-13: 9781461665519
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/2002
Series: The Human Tradition around the World series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 241
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Anne Walthall teaches Japanese history at the University of California, Irvine.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: On the Trail of People in the Past
Part 2 I: The World of Shogun, Samurai, and Court, 1600-1868
Chapter 3 Shinanomiya Tsuneko: Portrait of a Court Lady
Chapter 4 Mori Yoshiki: Samurai Government Officer
Part 5 II: The Meiji Restoration and the Transformation of State and Society
Chapter 6 Nishimiya Hide: Turning Palace Arts into Marketable Skills
Chapter 7 The Ishizaka of Notsuda: A family in Transition
Part 8 III: Building the Modern State
Chapter 9 Hatoyama Haruko (1861-1938): Ambitious Woman
Chapter 10 Jahana Noboru: Okinawan Activist and Scholar
Chapter 11 Kinoshita Yoshio: Revolutionizing Service on Japan's National Railroads
Part 12 IV: Twentieth-Century Vicissitudes
Chapter 13 Matsuura Isami (1880-1962): A Modern Patriarch in Rural Japan
Chapter 14 Yoshiya Nobuko: Out and Outspoken in Practice and Prose
Chapter 15 Takahashi Masao (1901-1995): Flexible Marxist
Part 16 V: World War II and the Postwar World
Chapter 17 Yokoi Shoichi: When a Soldier Finally Returns Home
Chapter 18 Misora Hibari: The Postwar Myth of Mournful Tears and Sake
Chapter 19 Index

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