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Japan's postwar history
Allinson, Gary D.
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Second edition.
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Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, [2004]

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xiv, 223 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm.
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Reviews of the first edition--

"Allinson promises a comprehensive synthesis. . . that integrates analysis of political, economic and social topics. . . . This book deserves a prominent place on any reading list in modern Japanese studies . . . and could well prove indispensable for teaching about Japan."--English Historical Review

"A solid achievement in the study of postwar Japan. . . . A lucid analyses of the very complex workings of economic and political institutions and the broadest features of social change across six decades from the 1930s to the 1990s."--Journal of Asian Studies

"Allinson guides his readers through the political, social, and economic changes . . . that lead Japan to its present world position. . . .This . . . finely-crafted book should be read by any American who wants to make the effort to understand contemporary Japan."--Choice

"Teachers have long awaited a first-rate history of postwar Japan. Gary Allinson has made the wait worthwhile. His book is a well-conceived, clearly written, and insightful survey of the period. . . . Its publication not only gives us a fine teaching tool, but also provides a useful summary of the progress in the field of postwar Japanese history."--The Historian

"Japan's Postwar History includes a chronology, list of postwar prime ministers, and suggested readings in the English language. It uses examples from literature in order to introduce students to the large body of translated works and to create, together with the use of vignettes, more vivid impressions of living conditions during a period. Moreover, it argues against certain popular stereotypes and stresses the need to appreciate the continuities between 'postwar' and 'prewar' Japan."--Canadian Journal of History

Japan's Postwar History is the only book that provides an integrated analysis of Japan's social, political, and economic history from 1932 until the present day. Gary D. Allinson has substantially updated his work for a second edition that takes Japan from the bursting of the economic bubble through the long recession of the 1990s and up to 2003.

Author Notes

Gary D. Allinson is Ellen Bayard Weedon Professor of East Asian Studies at the University of Virginia.

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Choice Review

Beginning with a description of a mythical, but typical, Japanese family of 1932, Allinson guides his readers through the political, social, and economic changes of the next 70 plus years that lead Japan to its present world position. As his concluding description of today's typical Japanese family reveals, the Japanese people are vastly better off in the 1990s than they were in 1932. Along the way, Allinson discusses the changes in the family unit, increased opportunities for women, growth of big business and democracy, and the improved status of the working man. Many of his topics are illustrated by, and reinforced with, references to contemporary popular Japanese literature available in English translation. Readers interested in Japan's ongoing political turmoil will find a succinct review of the political parties and their apparent goals. This is a well-conceived and finely crafted study, which should be read by any American who wants to make the effort to understand contemporary Japan. General readers; undergraduates. R. H. Detrick; formerly, University of North Texas

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Chronologyp. ix
Map of Japanp. xvi
Introductionp. 1
Chapter 1. Antecedents, 1932-1945p. 11
Chapter 2. Revival, 1945-1955p. 45
Chapter 3. Growth, 1955-1974p. 83
Chapter 4. Affluence, 1974-1989p. 125
Chapter 5. Immobility, 1989-p. 168
Sources and Suggested Readingsp. 209
Postwar Prime Ministersp. 217
Indexp. 219