A Brief History of Japan: Samurai, Shogun and Zen: The Extraordinary Story of the Land of the Rising Sun

A Brief History of Japan: Samurai, Shogun and Zen: The Extraordinary Story of the Land of the Rising Sun

作者 : Jonathan Clements

出版社 : CHARLES E. TUTTLE

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定價 : NT 560

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一本馬上就能理解日本史,深入淺出的主題內容,為何日本成就為現代的日本

日本這個國家首度出現在西方史就是透過馬可‧波羅遊記,內容中的日本不但擁有可怕神風,還是遵從神聖天皇統治的國家。日本是絲路的終點站,豐富資源與文化激發歐洲藝術家的創作靈感。現今的日本,則是擁有全球發電廠最發達的國家,也是流行文化樞紐站,及後工業衰退的先驅。作者喬納森•克萊門茨以風趣的描述,將日本過去、現在及未來發展,融合為一本人人都能輕易理解的日本史書籍。日本是一個充滿矛盾的國家:高文明發展卻遵循古禮;民主卻堅守尊崇天皇制;最注重安全第一卻居住在108座休眠火山及高地震帶區域;快速的都市發展及高科技國家卻保有大量的高山與森林。試著讓自己「穿越」時代背景,更深一層品味日本這個國家的精妙。

書中收錄關於日本歷史的篇章有:
●神的方式:史前及神化的日本
●權力遊戲:源氏與平氏之戰
●扭曲的時空:長達200年的日本鎖國
●奶油的臭氣:明治維新與日本現代化
●新品種的誕生:日本戰後經濟奇蹟


This fascinating history tells the story of the people of Japan, from ancient teenage priest-queens to teeming hordes of salarymen, a nation that once sought to conquer China, yet also shut itself away for two centuries in self-imposed seclusion.

First revealed to Westerners in the chronicles of Marco Polo, Japan was a legendary faraway land defended by a fearsome Kamikaze storm and ruled by a divine sovereign. It was the terminus of the Silk Road, the furthest end of the known world, a fertile source of inspiration for European artists, and an enduring symbol of the mysterious East. In recent times, it has become a powerhouse of global industry, a nexus of popular culture, and a harbinger of postindustrial decline. 

With intelligence and wit, author Jonathan Clements blends documentary and storytelling styles to connect the past, present and future of Japan, and in broad yet detailed strokes reveals a country of paradoxes: a modern nation steeped in ancient traditions; a democracy with an emperor as head of state; a famously safe society built on 108 volcanoes resting on the world's most active earthquake zone; a fast-paced urban and technologically advanced country whose land consists predominantly of mountains and forests. 

Among the chapters in this Japanese history book are:
The Way of the Gods: Prehistoric and Mythical Japan
A Game of Thrones: Minamoto vs. Taira
Time Warp: 200 Years of Isolation
The Stench of Butter: Restoration and Modernization
The New Breed: The Japanese Miracle
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