1. Introduction: Japan's internal and external worlds, 1582-1941; 2. Japan and its Chinese and European worlds, 1582-1689; 3. The Japanese economy, 1688-1789; 4. An age of stability: Japan's internal world in perspective, 1709-83; 5. Prosperity amid crises, 1789-1853; 6. Sakoku under pressure: the gaiatsu of the 1850s and 1860s; 7. Fashioning a state and a foreign policy, 1868-1919; 8. From peace to war, 1919-41.
This 2003 book offers a distinctive overview of the internal and external pressures responsible for the emergence of modern Japan.
L. M. Cullen is Professor of Modern Irish History at Trinity College, Dublin and Visiting Research Scholar at the International Research Centre for Japanese Culture, Kyoto.
'The book reads like a piece of scholarly work from an earlier and more careful time, when historiography was the result of careful research and distilled knowledge by an author dedicated to the craft ... Wonderfully fluid telling of a key historical era ...' David McNeill, Irish Times '... a thought-provoking book, providing interesting information and interpretation ...'. Reviews in History