Tuttle Publishing’s A History of Japan Review


A History of Japan by Tuttle Publishing is a concise and complete history book about the nation of Japan. It starts with Archaic Japan and Ancient Japan. It also has stories on Medieval Japan. The half of the book focuses on Early Modern Japan to Modern Japan. Japanese culture and arts is also discussed all through the different time periods.

I was quite excited to read this book as a supplement for my daughter’s homeschooling since she is studying about Asian History this school year.  This book is easy to read and helped me understand the Japanese people and their culture immensely. As I was reading through the book, I felt like I was actually traveling through time and witnessing the different time periods. I liked the different photos and illustrations that can be found all throughout the book. Though only printed in black and white, the illustrations give the readers a visual idea of the various topics discussed.

The most interesting part for me is the chapters under Modern Japan. I wanted to understand how the Japanese took power during World War II and how they recovered after they lost. I now have a better understanding of The War in China and the Pacific War and how it affected Japan as a nation as well.

The authors of this book is Richard Mason and John Caiger. This is  the revised edition which is published in 1997.

This book is a soft-cover book with 407 pages including bibliography and index. It is available from Tuttle Publishing at the price of $18.95

 Photo courtesy of Tuttle Publishing. 

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