A Traveller's History of Japan
5" x 7 3/4" • 292 pages • maps and line drawings
ISBN 9781566564045 (UK ISBN 9781905214587) • paperback • $14.95 •
'This clearly written and succinct volume romps through Japan's history and provides useful cultural descriptions and essays.' Contexts
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A Traveller's History of Japan not only offers the reader a chronological outline of the nation's development but also provides an invaluable introduction to its language, literature and arts, from kabuki to karaoke. This clearly written history explains how a country embedded in the traditions of Shinto, Shoguns and Samurai has achieved stupendous economic growth and dominance in this century.
Richard Tames read history at Cambridge and took his Master's Degree at the University of London. He was Head of External Services at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.
'It succeeds admirably in its goal of making the present country comprehensible through a narrative of its past, with asides on everything from bonsai to zazen, in a brisk, highly readable style...you could easily read it on the flight over, if you skip the movie.' The Washington Post
"... delightfully written... Its conciseness makes it one of the best books for a traveler to read before visiting Japan." — Academic Library Book Review
'Tames's readably concise survey of Japanese history comes supplied with an impressive array of facts and statistics.' The TLS
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