A concise book that does not elaborate on minor details but gives a breakdown of all the major events that have contributed to the building of Japan. The author provides a fair analysis of what makes Japan the country it is today.
At the end of each chapter, there is also a summary re-capping the major events that happen in a period and detailing the characteristics of the Japanese that allowed them to ride through the events. I found these summaries particularly useful as it re-hashes for me all the main points as i can get quite lost in the details.
I would recommend this book to any reader who wants to know more about Japan or who intends to travel to Japan, without necessarily needing all the details worthy of a scholar....Continua
An excellent introduction to the history of Japan, although it is no exception for a Western historian to focus their efforts on the rise of modern Japan since Meiji Restoration, losing sight of the deep-rooted cultural factors that are also proven to be vital in shaping what Japan looks like today....Continua