By Jonathan Clements
First published to Westerners within the chronicles of Marco Polo, Japan used to be a mythical remote land defended by way of a fearsome Kamikaze hurricane and governed by way of a divine sovereign. It used to be the terminus of the Silk highway, the furthest finish of the identified global, a fertile resource of suggestion for ecu artists, and an everlasting image of the mysterious East. lately, it has turn into a powerhouse of worldwide undefined, a nexus of pop culture, and a harbinger of postindustrial decline.
With intelligence and wit, writer Jonathan Clements blends documentary and storytelling kinds to attach the earlier, current and way forward for Japan, and in huge but particular strokes unearths a rustic of paradoxes: a latest kingdom steeped in historical traditions; a democracy with an emperor as head of nation; a famously secure society equipped on 108 volcanoes resting at the world's such a lot energetic earthquake sector; a fast moving city and technologically complex kingdom whose land is composed predominantly of mountains and forests.
Among the chapters during this eastern historical past e-book are:
- the best way of the Gods: Prehistoric and legendary Japan
- A online game of Thrones: Minamoto vs. Taira
- Time Warp: 2 hundred Years of Isolation
- The Stench of Butter: recovery and Modernization
- the recent Breed: the japanese Miracle
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Brief History of Japan: Samurai, Shogun and Zen: The Extraordinary Story of the Land of the Rising Sun by Jonathan Clements