- Taschenbuch: 272 Seiten
- Verlag: Stanford Univ Pr (Juni 1963)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0804705275
- ISBN-13: 978-0804705271
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15 x 1,8 x 22,6 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 124.208 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
A History of Japan, 1615-1867 (Englisch) Taschenbuch – Juni 1963
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Explains the structure of the feudal society, describes the rise of economic life and tells of the impact of Commodore Perry's arrival in 1853. Bibliographical notes.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Sir George Sansom was a British diplomat and historian of pre-modern Japan. He authored several books, including "Japan: A Short Cultural History," "An Historical Grammar of Japanese," "The Western World and Japan," and "Japan in World History."
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I was very happy to find this book trilogy as it was very hard to find elsewhere.
This is a true masterpiece and I recommand it to anyone who is serious in discovering Japans roots.
You will never find a more complete work than this trilogy of George Sansom.
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George Sansom (1883-1965) is variously identified on Amazon.com and elsewhere as George Sansom, G. Sansom, George Bailey Sansom, G. B. Sansom, George B. Sansom, and Sir George Sansom (yes, he was knighted in 1935 and again in 1947). The 3-vol. set is signed "George Sansom".
This third volume of the series stops at 1867. Sansom's stated reason for not continuing his history beyond this year is that he had lived too close to events of the Meiji Restoration (1868) for him to develop a perspective that only distance could supply. For readers interested in later events, The Making of Modern Japan (2000; 2002), by Marius B. Jansen, another outstanding scholar of Japanese history, would be a good choice. Since this history begins at 1600, there are overlapping accounts of the Edo period, but from two quite different perspectives.
In short, this set is a good buy and is likely to remain the standard narrative history of Japan for the foreseeable future.
The only complaint I have about this book is its brief treatment of the cultural aspects of the Genroku period (1688-1704), which is a time frame that many readers are bound to be curious about, since it encompassed the growth of the ukiyo-e art style and the flourishing of literature (such as haiku, with Matuso Basho). G.B. Sansom's "Japan: A Short Cultural History" expands upon the Genroku period in greater detail in one of its chapters, and serves as a good companion to Sansom's "A History of Japan" series in general.
Excellent book for the serious student of Japanese history, covering salient aspects of everyday life during the period of national isolation, eg. Art and Culture, the Government, the growth of cities etc.
Also recommended for those with an interest in how Japan laid the foundations for becoming a global superpower, and how the Samurai lost their grip on feudal power to the (technically far inferior) mercantile class.
Not as fine as the Cambridge History of Japan, but for those more interested specifically in the Edo period, this is a must-have text, if a little old-fashioned.
Sansom's history is by no means a boring recitation of dates and names. He tells stories, and does so with the expertise of a good writer. Sansom makes history interesting aswell as highly informative and very readable.
It is not essential to read "A History of Japan to 1334" and "A History of Japan, 1334-1615" to understand Sansom's work, however it does help. Sansom never looks back unless he absolutely has to, so the first time reader of his work may be a little confused as to who some of the major characters are, whats going on in Tokugawa's rebellion and some of the groundwork that led to it.