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-- Part I -- LANDMARKS, ERAS, AND APPELLATION IN JAPANESE HISTORY 1 Japan's Natural Setting, Gina L. Barnes 2 Sorting the Past, Karl F. Friday 3 Defining "Ancient" and "Classical," Joan R. Piggott 4 Defining "Medieval," Andrew Edmund Goble 5 Definin

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Karl Friday is the director of the IES Abroad Tokyo centre. His books include Samurai, Warfare and the State in Early Medieval Japan and The First Samurai: The Life and Legend of the Warrior Rebel Taira Masakado


"A fresh look at the early history of the archipelago, thoughtfully balanced and encompassing a wide range of scholarly voices. The format is an appealing cross between textbook and course-reader, with dozens of clear, concise thematic essays. Crisp writing and up-to-date treatment of topics like gender, commerce, war, and faith make this a compelling choice." -Karen Wigen, Professor of History, Stanford University "Japan Emerging is a greatly welcomed textbook for students who are studying early Japanese history for the first time, as well as for those who wish to further pursue their interests in the field. The contributions from leading experts in the field address some of the most critical and fundamental issues of premodern Japan, beginning with the definitions of "ancient," "medieval," and "early modern," and topics ranging from political, economic, and social development of each respective period, to religion, arts and literature, and gender. The thirty-eight highly readable and insightful essays are accompanied by a comprehensive bibliography of English-language scholarship and detailed timelines that provide a chronological overview of each period. The volume should not only introduce students to the subject, but also guide and encourages them to explore deeper into the history of Japan." -Haruko Wakabayashi, Visiting Faculty, Princeton University "Japan Emerging collects essays by the top scholars of premodern Japan in an eminently readable and accessible volume. Periods that previous textbooks had reduced to a single page are here given their due consideration. Likewise, concepts that have for generations caused bewildered head scratching among readers are now clearly explained, with nuance and sophistication but without undue reliance on specialized Japanese terminology, for the first time. No other volume covers the era from ancient times to the fall of the Tokugawa so effectively and thoroughly, with attention to issues of historiography and method, status and gender, visual culture and literary sensibilities, and politics and the economy. Teaching premodern Japanese history is going to be fun again." -Morgan Pitelka, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill "Japan Emerging is a wide-ranging collection of short, readable essays by Western specialists of pre-modern Japan. Its emphasis is on political history, both thematic and topical, with some coverage of cultural, religious and economic matters as well. Numerous photographs and clear charts add to the volume's attractiveness and accessibility: it will be useful in undergraduate teaching and to non-specialists alike." -Suzanne Gay, Oberlin College

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