Reviewed by John H. Sagers
This splendidly lucid text will delight teachers and students looking for a concise, well-written, and up-to-date introduction to Japanese history. Despite the title, this new book is unlikely to be widely adopted in world civilizations courses typically dominated by texts covering many regions at once. And while it contains a respectable set of maps, black and white photos, and a timeline, the publisher has kept costs down by sacrificing color and features like primary source boxes and study questions found in more expensive texts. It is also unlikely to replace the more comprehensive treatments of modern Japan in upper division courses. For
introductory courses on Japan, however, this new book is hard to beat. Reflecting trends in current scholarship, it presents a solid framework for understanding Japanese history without overwhelming the reader with extraneous details.