By Kenneth Henshall
Japan's effect at the glossy global has been huge, immense. It occupies only one three hundredth of the planet's land zone, but got here to wield one 6th of the world's fiscal strength. simply one hundred fifty years in the past it used to be an imprecise land of paddy fields and feudal despots. inside of 50 years it grew to become an important imperial strength – it's so-called 'First Miracle'. After defeat within the moment international battle, while Japan got here just about annihilation, inside of 25 years it recovered remarkably to develop into the world's 3rd greatest economic system – it's 'Second Miracle'. it truly is no longer basically an fiscal superpower, but in addition a technological and cultural superpower. real miracles haven't any rationalization: Japan's 'miracles' do. The nation's luck lies in deeply ingrained ancient values, equivalent to a realistic decision to prevail. the area can study a lot from Japan, and its tale is advised in those pages.
Covering the entire sweep of jap historical past, from old to modern, this e-book explores Japan's huge, immense impression at the glossy global, and the way very important it's to envision the earlier and tradition of the rustic which will complete comprehend its achievements and responses. Now in its 3rd variation, this e-book is usefully up to date and revised.
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Part , “Propagating Confucian Virtues,” sketches in broad strokes the institutional and structural frameworks that were crucial to the transformation of social customs and mores. The main actor here is the state, staﬀed by Confucian scholar-oﬃcials of various persuasions and controlling a repertoire of resources, cultural and political. One of the important channels of indoctrination was the publication of didactic texts for women. Martina Deuchler’s chapter surveys the transmission and reception of the most popular Chinese didactic texts in Chosón Korea.
Yamanoue was particularly interested in alchemical and medical texts. The most recent study of his thought and writing is Masuo Shin’ichirö, Man’yö kajin to Chügoku shisö (Tokyo: Yoshikawa köbunkan, ). . Shoku nihongi /. The Shoku nihongi is the compilation of oﬃcial court annals recording events from the reigns of nine sovereigns who ruled from through . The text was completed in , but compilation was done in several stages. The ﬁrst twenty of forty volumes are thought to have been ﬁnished before but then edited again before .
Miyata Toshihiko, Kibi Makibi (Tokyo: Yoshikawa köbunkan, ), pp. –. On this Great Tang Ritual Code of the Kaiyuan Era, in English see Oliver Moore, “The Ceremony of Gratitude,” in State and Court Ritual in China, ed. J. P. McDermott (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, ); David McMullen, “Bureaucrats and Cosmology,” in Rituals of Royalty, ed. D. Cannadine and S. Prince (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, ), esp. pp. –; and Howard Wechsler, Oﬀerings of Jade and Silk (New Haven: Yale University Press, ).
A History of Japan: From Stone Age to Superpower by Kenneth Henshall