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The Mikado's Empire

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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - East and South-East Asian History

  • Date Published: January 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108080507

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  • A respected authority on Japan, William Elliot Griffis (1843–1928) did much to foster understanding between the United States and Japan in the late nineteenth century. This was his most popular work on the subject. It is arranged in two sections, with maps and illustrations throughout. The first part is a detailed history of Japan from 660 BCE, covering factual events as well as mythological elements of the Japanese past. This is followed by a personal account of the four years Griffis lived in Japan, during which the country underwent significant modernisation. Highly successful, the work went through twelve editions following its initial publication in 1876. It is reissued here in its second edition of 1877 and features improvements, such as the addition of content in the appendices and footnotes, made in response to comments by critics. Giffis' Corea, the Hermit Nation (1882) is also reissued in this series.

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    • Date Published: January 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108080507
    • length: 644 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 36 mm
    • weight: 0.81kg
    • contains: 108 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface to the second edition
    Part I. History of Japan from 660 BC to 1872 AD:
    1. The background
    2. The aborigines
    3. Materials of history
    4. Japanese mythology
    5. The twilight of fable
    6. Sujin, the civilizer
    7. Yamato-dake, the conqueror of the Kuanto
    8. The introduction of continental civilization
    9. Life in ancient Japan
    10. The ancient religion
    11. The throne and the noble families
    12. The beginning of military domination
    13. Yoritomo and the Minamoto family
    14. Creation of the dual system of government
    15. The glory and the fall of the Hojo family
    16. Buddhism in Japan
    17. The invasion of the Mongol Tartars
    18. The temporary Mikadoate
    19. The war of the chrysanthemums
    20. The Ashikaga period
    21. Life in the middle ages
    22. The growth and customs of feudalism
    23. Nobunaga, the persecutor of the Buddhists
    24. Hideyoshi's enterprises
    25. Christianity and foreigners
    26. Iyeasu, the founder of Yedo
    27. The perfection of duarchy and feudalism
    28. The recent revolutions in Japan
    Part II. Personal Experiences, Observations, and Studies in Japan, 1870–5:
    1. First glimpse of Japan
    2. A ride on the Tokaido
    3. In Tokio, the eastern capital
    4. Sights and sounds in a pagan temple
    5. Studies in the capital
    6. Among the men of new Japan
    7. In the heart of Japan
    8. Reception by the Daimio
    9. Life in a Japanese house
    10. Children's games and sports
    11. Household customs and superstitions
    12. The mythical zoology of Japan
    13. Folk-lore and fireside stories
    14. Japanese proverbs
    15. The last year of feudalism
    16. A tramp through Japan
    17. The position of woman
    18. New Japan
    Notes and appendices

  • Author

    William Elliot Griffis

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