This is a very good book... [Allinson's] historical narrative is excellent. It is spare in the trivia that hinder general readers, and rich in analysis and interpretation.(Louis G. Perez Journal of Asian History)
In the Columbia Guide, Gary Allinson has given us an innovative and reliable narrative and usable reference tools for Japan's modern history. It has practical value as an introduction to the study of Japan and as a reference volume for Japanologists.(Thomas W. Burkman The Journal of Asian Studies)
From the Inside Flap
The Columbia Guide to Modern Japanese History is a unique work in which readers will find:
-- a balanced narrative treating each facet of Japanese history -- political, social, economic, and cultural -- across four periods covering the years from 1850 to the present;
-- an encyclopedia-style topical compendium, including more than 150 entries on such key subjects as Japan's emperors, political leaders, business enterprises, social organizations, and leading writers;
-- excerpts from important historical documents;
-- a chronology and list of prime ministers, providing easy reference to important historical dates, periods, and people;
-- an annotated guide to further research, including print, film, and electronic resources.
Readily accessible all readers, Allinson's compilation will be one that citizens, teachers, students, and academicians will consult often as they seek information on scores of topics. The Columbia Gui to Modern Japanese History will endure as a valuable reference and learning tool for many years to come.