Premodern Japan: A Historical Survey

Mikiso Hane

Westview Press 1991
A book review by Danny Yee © 1993
From prehistory to the Meiji restoration, Premodern Japan presents an overview of Japanese political history along with an extensive coverage of cultural history (in particular religion and the plastic arts) and some discussion of economic and social history. As suggested by the subtitle, it is a survey rather than an attempt at a systematic history, and as such is suitable for the newcomer to Japanese history. Early Japanese history is enthralling both in itself and as background necessary for understanding modern Japan. The history of the latter is presumably described in the companion book Modern Japan: A Historical Survey, which I intend to buy as soon as I can find a copy.

March 1993

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%T Premodern Japan
%S A Historical Survey
%A Hane, Mikiso
%I Westview Press
%D 1991
%O paperback, bibliography, index
%G ISBN 0813380650
%P xii,258pp