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Japan Before Perry: A Short History Paperback – 8 Jan 2008


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  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 2Rev Ed edition (8 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520254074
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520254077
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 844,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Conrad Totman is Professor Emeritus of History at Yale University.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A summary of pre-modern japan 14 May 2001
By stabz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book covers the history of Japan in an enthusiastic way from its early histories with the Joman dolls up to the blackships of commodore Perry. I first read this in my Japanese history course, we were required to read parts of the book as a backbone for the lectures, but soon i found that I was reading the entire book. It's actually quite a easy read and Japan's history is quite refreshing for someone who's been embraced in european histories all his life. Chapters about the Heian and warring states period (in the 16th century) are the most interesting and helpful.
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