The making of modern japan focuses on the history of japan mostly the last 400 years in which jansen heavily focus on the the warring states period the tokugawa period meiji era and lastly what would be considered pre wwii and after the book is remarkably readable as one other reviewer remarked the first few hundred pages read as a more . Hirohito and the making of modern japan 2000 isbn 978 0 06 019314 0 is a book by herbert p bix covering the reign of emperor hirohito of japan from 1926 until his death in 1989it won the 2001 pulitzer prize for general non fiction much of the information on the book was uncovered by japanese people who worked with bix but that the publishing companies and press in japan at the time . Marius b jansens the making of modern japan is a thoroughly researched but approachable tome that debunks a few western myths about japans relationship with the wider world under the tokugawa regime and provides a good mix of economic political and social history. Magisterial in vision sweeping in scope this monumental work presents a seamless account of japanese society during the modern era from 1600 to the present a distillation of more than fifty years engagement with japan and its history it is the crowning work of our leading interpreter of the modern japanese experience. The making of modern japan marius b jansen the belknap press of harvard university press cambridge massachusetts london england
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