Richard Bowring, 14 June 1990
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Cape, 267 pp., £12.95, October 1989, 0 224 02493 0Show More
The Cambridge History of Japan. Vol V: The 19th Century edited by Marius Jansen.
Cambridge, 828 pp., £60, October 1989, 0 521 22356 3Show More
The Cambridge History of Japan. Vol. VI: The 20th Century edited by Peter Duus.
Cambridge, 866 pp., £60, June 1989, 0 521 22357 1Show More
“... that produced such dire results in 19th- and 20th-century Europe, as Buruma and, especially, Peter Dale, author of The Myth of Japanese Uniqueness, have done? Or should we take it all with a pinch of salt? The position of those who take up an adversarial stance and invoke the direst of scenarios is fraught with difficulties. The Japanese can always ...”