Japan: A Global Studies Handbook

Japan: A Global Studies Handbook offers a friendly introduction to this vital, ancient country. In a series of practical, readable essays, this title explores Japan’s island geography and its influence on the nation’s history. Japan traces the “economic miracle” that was born in the ashes of World War II and grew into an economy seven times the size of China’s—but at considerable social cost.

 

It examines Japan’s vibrant cultural traditions—from the 11th century’s The Tale of Genji to karaoke, sushi, and the “salary man.” Japan entices readers to continue their exploration by offering an inviting collection of jumping-off points: a timeline of Japanese history; a mini-encyclopedia of significant people, places, and events; and an annotated bibliography covering all aspects of Japanese society.