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The World Turned Upside Down Hardcover – October 15, 2001


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Product Details

  • Series: Asia Perspectives: History, Society, and Culture
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (October 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231118422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231118422
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,262,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A masterful synthesis of current scholarship... brilliant... excellent.

(Herman Ooms Journal of Asian Studies)

Souryi dexterously handles historiographical controversies with a light and kindly touch.

(Choice)

Thought provoking.... Whoever wants to get a broad picture of the current state of the art in the field of Japanese medieval history should read this book.

(Reinhard Zöllner (of the French edition) Monumenta Nipponica)

The World Turned Upside Down is an indispensable addition to the growing corpus examining this vital era when the Japanese world truly did seem to be in total upheaval.

(History)

A solid social history filling a void in the present English literature on social history in the Japanese Middle Ages.

(James Guthrie Sixteenth Century Journal)

Pierre Souyri does not burden the reader with detail that a new student will simply be unable to absorb, but tells interesting stories that will linger in the memory...I am pleased that Professor Souyri has produced this book and I believe it will be a useful aid to undergraduate teaching...

(Tom Nelson School of Oriental & African Studies)

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A lively account of medieval Japan which builds on recent Japanese historiography, and which offers a wealth of new information on social organization. It is certain to challenge some of the received wisdom about medieval Japan and to stimulate discussion.

(Thomas LaMarre, McGill University)

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By marc on March 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
Great introduction of period in Japanese history. Gives main historical events and has sections on other aspects of the history many books gloss over.

If you are already familar with this period the material may be nothing new, but if you haven't read about this period before this is an excellent starting point.
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By Sharon Adams Poore on March 14, 2015
Format: Paperback
Great Source!
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2 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Marc on October 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I've found this book to be poorly documented, full of unsuported radicle claims and circular arguments. Souri makes no effort to explain what he calls Japan's inherent military and industrial suporiority afer other Asian nations but meerly accepts it as an axim and proceeds to explain it. Add to this a translation that fills to book with convoluted sentances that don't seem to fit well where they are and I found it to be an unplesent experience.
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