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A History of the Japanese People From the Earliest Times to the End of the Meiji Era

A History of the Japanese People From the Earliest Times to the End of the Meiji Era [Kindle Edition]

F. (Frank) Brinkley , Dairoku Kikuchi
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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1589 KB
  • Print Length: 844 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082V9SN4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars amazing read 27 Aug 2013
By T Han
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interesting book which I could not possibly imagine to read in the past.
has some insight into a world power from the east with loads of information!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 28 Oct 2014
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Another book for my husband. He is enjoying reading it. Many thanks.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Book unfinished 8 April 2013
By Big D
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I have only rated this book because it is very long and detailed, it has for me to be read a small section at a time and will take me a long time to finnish. I will re-rate it on completion, which will be a long time in the future.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very poorly written 24 Dec 2010
By A. Helene - Published on
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Maybe there is a pony in here but it is not worth digging out of the pile. The writing is absolutely terrible - dozens of words where few would have served. It reads like a bad high school paper. "Of course" is in every other run-on sentence, between extraneous parentheticals. It is an academic version of "like, you know, whatever" - insufferable.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wrong Impression. 23 Dec 2011
By Sci Fi Fan - Published on
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The only previous reviewer made this book sound horrible, but sometimes I don't really care. This does have a slight overabundance of words, indeed where a few less would have done the same job. That is not hindering as much as he made it seem. As a high school student, I can say that this is superior to my writing and I am an above average writer for my age group.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Japanese History 20 Feb 2012
By Stephen Naetzker - Published on
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I am a history teacher and this book has been more than adequate in helping me preparing for teaching according to the standards of California. This book is very comprehensive so you should search your Kindle for key words like, Prince Shotoku, Daika Reforms, and Sengoku Jidai. That should make reading the book a lot more easier. The vocabulary can be extravagant at some parts but if your reading it on the Kindle you can easily scroll down to the word and find the definition, but if your reading the actually paper back you better have a dictionary close by and good luck! You cannot beat the price of free for a comprehensive scholarly source of Japanese History. Enjoy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Comprehensive History of Japan 9 April 2012
By David Hoffman - Published on
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A History of the Japanese People is a comprehensive history of the Japanese Empire from its mythological beginnings up to the date of publication in 1912. Because the copyright has expired, it can be downloaded free, which is very convenient for anyone who wishes to learn more about the earliest Japanese history. Naturally, this book cannot cover more recent events, including World War II and after, but the lack is more than made up for by the authors' exhaustive coverage of Ancient, Medieval, and early modern Japan.
The first chapters do drag a bit as the authors describe the mythological history of prehistoric Japan. The myths and legends are rather disordered and the names of the gods are confusing and repetitive. Once they move on to firmer ground, the story becomes more engrossing.
Despite the excellent quality of this work, two weaknesses made the book less than completely satisfactory. First, the kindle edition does not include the illustrations or the maps. I could do without the illustrations, but at least one map of the Japanese islands would have enabled me to follow the events better, especially the military campaigns. The second weakness is that in a comprehensive history such as this, there are many unfamiliar (to the Western reader) names and terms and it is sometimes difficult to remember them all. A glossary would have been helpful. Despite these weaknesses, I highly recommend this book.
I might add, not as part of the review, in light of later events in Japanese history, it is a bit chilling to read the authors defense of Japanese aggressions in Manchuria and Korea, especially when they suggest that the Japanese annexation of Korea in 1910 was for the benefit of the Korean people. I think few Koreans would agree with that sentiment.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars comprehensive 26 Dec 2013
By Grannog - Published on
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Amazing detail a bit too long and extremely detailed. Chronicle of every emperor good and bad was too much. I resorted to skipping pages wholesale
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