“Perez holds the attention of secondary school students and a general public with this topical, readable history of the country....This eminently accessible reference will be useful to students needing current information on Japan, and readable for a young history buff.... Highly Recommended.”–The Book Report
“The strength of this book lies above all in its clear and concise treatment of cultural, religious, and intellectual trends. Among the highlights of the work are the author's informed and accessible discussions of Shinto and Buddhism in early Japan, of Neo-Confucianism and its adaption in the Tokugawa period, and of the arts and popular culture in Japan today--the latter of which instructors in introductory college courses might profitably assign. Perez also pays more attention to the history of Japanese women than do most survey writers and incorporates colorful anecdotes from Japanese social history.”–The Journal of Asian Studies
“This volume is suitable for the circulating collections of public and school libraries.”–American Reference Books Annual
About the Author
LOUIS G. PEREZ is Professor of Japanese History at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois.