The Enigma of Japanese Power: People and Politics in a Stateless Nation
In this brilliantly authoritative book, Karel van Wolferen unravels the confusions and misperceptions the West has about Japan and can no longer afford to maintain.
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Securing the allegiance of all surviving warrior lords, Tokugawa leyasu took over
the shogunate, and the long period of relative peace named after his family
began - peace, but not political unity. No truly centralised government was ever ...
Against the background of the shogunate's supreme preoccupation, all
injunctions to obedience and submission were welcomed as proper education,
regardless of their origin. The power-holders could draw upon a rich heritage
from which to ...
shogunate was indeed afraid of more than political moves by Portugal. As a
result of the perceived threat to the established political order, the country was cut
off trom contact with Westerners except for a handful of Dutch traders, who had ...
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While the author seems biased by his own negative experiences as a foreigner trying to work in Japanese media, his severe critique of the weakness of Japanese leadership has been confirmed by events to a considerable degree. Read full review
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If you want to understand Japan and the Japanese this book is a must read Read full review