Japan is a mix of the old and the new, traditional and modern, and old fashion and innovative. It has traveled the road to a modern destination without totally losing sight of its traditions and values. Although some in Japan lament the passing of old ways, Japan has held on to a reasonable amount of its traditions and values. This is easier to find in its arts and crafts and its literature and films as well as in its social habits. This book will introduce the broad sweep of people, events, and trends, including the successes and failures, of postwar Japan.
This second edition of Historical Dictionary of Postwar Japan contains a chronology, an introduction, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 500 cross-referenced entries on important personalities, politics, economy, foreign relations, religion, and culture. This book is an excellent resource for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Japan.
William D. Hoover has been a recipient of National Defense Language, Fulbright, and Japan Foundation fellowships. Prior to his retirement he was a visiting professor at the University of Michigan and at Bowling Green State University as well as a visiting researcher at the University of Tokyo and Aoyama Gakuin University. He offered a "Seminar on Teaching about Asia" for the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia on several occasions. For 15 years, he served as chair of the History Department at the University of Toledo.