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Japan before Perry

A Short History, 25th Anniversary Edition

Conrad Totman (Author)

Available worldwide

Paperback, 260 pages
ISBN: 9780520254077
January 2008
$34.95, £24.95
By 1853 Japan had been transformed from a sparsely populated land of nonliterate tribal peoples into an elaborately structured commercial society sustaining massive cities and a varied array of sophisticated cultural production. In this authoritative survey, Conrad Totman examines the origins of Japanese civilization and explores in detail the classical, medieval, and early-modern epochs, weaving interpretations of the major themes in Japan's cultural and political development into a rich historical narrative.
Conrad Totman is Professor Emeritus of History at Yale University.

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