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Recommended books on Japanese History

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Recommended books on Japanese History

This list comprises some of the foremost resources on Japanese history. While they are largely in English, notable works in other languages are listed as well. These resources will be continually updated.

  1. Japanese History in general
    • Beasley, William G., The Japanese Experience. A Short History of Japan; Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999
    • The Cambridge History of Japan, John W. Hall et al. 6 vol. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1989-1999
    • Mason, R. H. P. u. John G. Caiger, A History of Japan; Rutland, Vermont; Tōkyō: Tuttle, 1997
    • Reischauer, Edwin O. u. Albert M. Craig, Japan. Tradition and Transformation; Tōkyō: Tuttle, 1978
    • Sansom, George B., A History of Japan; 3 vols Tōkyō: Tuttle, 1974
    • Totman, Conrad, A History of Japan; Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2000
  2. Modern history
    • Beasley, William G., The Rise of Modern Japan. Political,...