The main emphasis of this book is upon political, social and economic developments, as conditioned by Japan's interaction with the outside world, the advance of industrialisation and the emergence of the Japanese nation state.

Unlike previous textbooks on the history of modern Japan, Janet Hunter's book adopts a thematic approach which makes the period much more accessible for readers who wish to pursue their particular interests throughout the period. Moreover, it will also establish a greater awareness of the cultural and institutional continuities which are crucial to any proper understanding of modern Japan.

chapter 1|14 pages

Restoration and Occupation

chapter 2|24 pages

Japan and the West

chapter 3|25 pages

Japan and Asia

chapter 4|18 pages

Individual and Community

chapter 5|24 pages

Town and Country

chapter 6|31 pages

The Pattern of Industrial Development

chapter 7|21 pages

Men and Women

chapter 8|25 pages

Emperor and Nation

chapter 10|30 pages

Oligarchy and Democracy

chapter 11|29 pages

Popular Protest and the Working Class

chapter 12|24 pages

The Role of the Military

chapter 13|18 pages

Administration and Public Service

chapter 14|16 pages

Conclusion – 1950s to 1980s