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Title:
Japanese history & culture from ancient to modern times : seven basic bibliographies
Author:
Dower, John W.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : M. Wiener Pub. : Distributed by Publishers International Corporation for Japan, [1986]

©1986
Physical Description:
vi, 232 pages ; 23 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780910129367

9780910129206
Format :
Book

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Reviews 4

Library Journal Review

The first five bibliographies list hundreds of books, articles, documents, etc., by detailed subdivisions under broad topical headings (e.g., ``Ancient & Medieval Japan'' and ``Occupied Japan & the Cold War in Asia''). The last two are brief lists: ``Bibliographies & Research Guides'' and ``Journals & Other Serial Publications.'' The bibliographies reveal their classroom origins in their arrangement and their lack of an index and annotations. Nevertheless, Dower's selections provide comprehensive coverage which will appeal to students and scholars alike. There is no comparable source available. This would be a solid purchase for any collection where there is an interest in Japan. Kenneth W. Berger, Duke Univ. Lib., Durham, N.C. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

Dower (University of California, San Diego) has authored War Without Mercy (CH, Nov '86) and Empire and Aftermath (CH, May '80). In this new work he has compiled the first book-length selected bibliography for Japanese studies since Bernard S. Silberman's Japan and Korea: A Critical Bibliography (1962). Unlike Silberman, Dower omits annotations or indexes, greatly reducing the usefulness of his book. Nonetheless, selection and accuracy of the citations (which include books, articles, parts of books, microform archives, encyclopedia entries, bibliographies, newspapers) are excellent, and coverage is current through 1985. There are seven sections (ancient history through the Cold War in Asia) and numerous topical subdivisions in which entries are ``clustered in ways that are internally logical.'' The work originated in multidisciplinary reading lists for students in Japanese history. A more comprehensive subject list of about 9,000 titles (books only) with author and title indexes but no annotations is Catalogue of Books in English on Japan, 19451981 (1986). Dower's selection of English-language primary sources, especially for 1931 to 1952 but also for earlier periods, includes many unusual, elusive, but valuable sources and is the book's strongest feature. Upper-division undergraduates, especially those writing honors papers, and beginning graduate students.-M.H. Donovan, The Ohio State University


Library Journal Review

The first five bibliographies list hundreds of books, articles, documents, etc., by detailed subdivisions under broad topical headings (e.g., ``Ancient & Medieval Japan'' and ``Occupied Japan & the Cold War in Asia''). The last two are brief lists: ``Bibliographies & Research Guides'' and ``Journals & Other Serial Publications.'' The bibliographies reveal their classroom origins in their arrangement and their lack of an index and annotations. Nevertheless, Dower's selections provide comprehensive coverage which will appeal to students and scholars alike. There is no comparable source available. This would be a solid purchase for any collection where there is an interest in Japan. Kenneth W. Berger, Duke Univ. Lib., Durham, N.C. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

Dower (University of California, San Diego) has authored War Without Mercy (CH, Nov '86) and Empire and Aftermath (CH, May '80). In this new work he has compiled the first book-length selected bibliography for Japanese studies since Bernard S. Silberman's Japan and Korea: A Critical Bibliography (1962). Unlike Silberman, Dower omits annotations or indexes, greatly reducing the usefulness of his book. Nonetheless, selection and accuracy of the citations (which include books, articles, parts of books, microform archives, encyclopedia entries, bibliographies, newspapers) are excellent, and coverage is current through 1985. There are seven sections (ancient history through the Cold War in Asia) and numerous topical subdivisions in which entries are ``clustered in ways that are internally logical.'' The work originated in multidisciplinary reading lists for students in Japanese history. A more comprehensive subject list of about 9,000 titles (books only) with author and title indexes but no annotations is Catalogue of Books in English on Japan, 19451981 (1986). Dower's selection of English-language primary sources, especially for 1931 to 1952 but also for earlier periods, includes many unusual, elusive, but valuable sources and is the book's strongest feature. Upper-division undergraduates, especially those writing honors papers, and beginning graduate students.-M.H. Donovan, The Ohio State University