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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Contemporary Japan

Edition 2nd Edition
ISBN 9780230802629
Publication Date March 2004
Formats Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

Now fully revised and updated, this widely-praised introductory text explores Japan through the prism of three alternative perspectives: Mainstream, revisionist and culturalist. Beginning with the notion of Japan as a 'contested territory' the book focuses on debates about the real nature of Japan's successes and shortcomings.

DUNCAN MCCARGO is Professor in the School of Politics and International Studies, University of Leeds. He previously taught at Kobe Gakuin University, Japan.

Introduction: Themes and Debates
Historical Background
The Changing Political Economy
Social Structure and Policy
Governing Structures
Political Society: Parties and Opposition
Socialisation and Civil Society
Japan's External Relations


Reviews of 1st edition:
'I wholeheartedly recommend this...convenient synthesis of recent scholarship on Japan.' - Luis G. Perez, Journal of Asian Studies
'It should become a standard student text and is a 'must' for the general reader.' - Times Higher EducationSupplement
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