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A History of Japan: From Stone Age to Superpower


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Kenneth G. Henshall
    Pages 1-4
  3. Kenneth G. Henshall
    Pages 142-180
  4. Kenneth G. Henshall
    Pages 181-216
  5. Kenneth G. Henshall
    Pages 217-224
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 225-288

About this book


In a rare combination of comprehensive coverage and sustained critical focus, this book examines Japan's progress through its entire history to its current status as an economic, technological, and cultural superpower. A key factor is a pragmatic determination to succeed. Little-known facts are also brought to light, and the latest findings used.


history Japan myths state Superpower war

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of CanterburyChristchurchNew Zealand

About the authors

KENNETH HENSHALL was born in England and is professor of Japanese Studies at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He has published on a range of Japan-related topics such as history, society, language, and literature, and is author of the best-selling etymological work Guide to Remembering Japanese Characters.

Bibliographic information


'One of the most important books in Japanese Studies in recent years.' - Ken Coates, Professor of History, University of New Brunswick, Canada

'In making the history of this remarkable society accessible to a wider public Professor Henshall has performed a most valuable service.' - Derek Massarella, Professor of Economic History, Chuo University, Japan

'An extraordinary book that will appeal to student, specialist, and general reader alike.' - Laurie Barber, Professor of History, University of Waikato, NewZealand