A History of Japan, 1582–1941

Internal and External Worlds

A History of Japan, 1582–1941

Offering a distinctive overview of the pressures responsible for the emergence of modern Japan, Louis Cullen rejects the traditional boundaries of Japanese historiography and combines economic, social, and political approaches to create a powerful analysis. Cullen reviews the Japanese experience of expansion, social transition, industrial growth, economic crisis and war, to present an island nation that is a growing industrial power with little perception of its worldwide context.


'The book reads like a piece of scholarly work from an earlier and more careful time, when historiography was the result of careful research and distilled knowledge by an author dedicated to the craft … Wonderfully fluid telling of a key historical era …' David McNeill, Irish Times

'… a thought-provoking book, providing interesting information and interpretation …'. Reviews in History