By K. Henshall
In an extraordinary blend of accomplished assurance and sustained severe concentration, this e-book examines eastern historical past in its entirety to spot the standards underlying the nation's development to superpower prestige. Japan's fulfillment is defined no longer in basic terms in fiscal phrases, yet at a extra primary point, as a manufactured from historic styles of reaction to condition. Japan is proven to be a state traditionally impelled via a practical decision to be triumphant. The e-book additionally highlights unresolved questions and little-known facts.
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Additional resources for A History of Japan: From Stone Age to Superpower
21 As Chinese influence receded, a distinctly Japanese identity emerged all the more clearly. 22 Distinctive forms of painting appeared. So too did distinctive forms of poetry, particularly based on groupings of syllables into patterns of seven and five, and characterised by understatement and suggestion rather than the ornateness and richness of Chinese poetry. Distinctive aesthetic values also emerged, such as okashi and particularly (mono no) aware, aesthetics which are still very much alive in modern Japan.
Like the strength of the family, the ‘fanatical' loyalty of many twentieth-century soldiers reflects the fact that Japan's later leaders were to re-learn the value of indoctrination – something not so obvious in the medieval world, where fear and selfinterest seem to have been greater behavioural determinants. 49 It shows them being taken away as labourers by armies on the march, or having their goods taken from them for military use. It shows them being killed over nothing by ill-disciplined warriors.
No doubt the same applies to most military victories regardless of time and place, but in Japan's case they were particularly favoured by fortune and circumstance. The external threats may have helped prevent internal fighting, but they also contributed to mounting discontent towards the Hojo shogunate. The financial cost of the defence and long-term state of military alert was very great, and severely depleted the shogunate's finances. It was unable to pay promised rewards to warrior families, or even basic compensation for their contribution to the nation's defence.
A History of Japan: From Stone Age to Superpower by K. Henshall