A History of Japan

From Stone Age to Superpower

  • Kenneth G. Henshall

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Kenneth G. Henshall
    Pages 136-179
  3. Kenneth G. Henshall
    Pages 180-186
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 187-242

About this book


In a rare combination of comprehensive coverage and sustained critical focus, this book examines Japanese history in its entirety to identify the factors underlying the nation's progression to superpower. Japan's achievement is explained not merely in economic terms, but at a more fundamental level, as a product of historical patterns of response to circumstance. Japan is shown to be a nation historically impelled by a pragmatic determination to succeed. The book also highlights unresolved questions and little-known facts.


building Enzo Paci history history of literature Japan Japanese Medieval History Medieval Literature Middle Ages nation prehistory Stone Age

Authors and affiliations

  • Kenneth G. Henshall
    • 1
  1. 1.University of WaikatoNew Zealand

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