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Japanese history books and/or documentaries

Postby Yozora » Sat 06.02.2007 6:43 pm

I wish to find some up to date resources on the entire history of Japan.
Could anyone point me in the direction of books or video documentaries that I might be able to purchase online or in a store?

The only books that are currently available to me were published in the 80's.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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RE: Japanese history books and/or documentaries

Postby Fillanzea » Sun 06.10.2007 9:25 pm

I recently read "A History of Japan" by Kenneth G. Henshall. Very very brief-- only 240 pages-- but recent (1999) and as far as I'm able to tell, the scholarship is quite good, and the style strikes a good balance between academic and accessible.
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RE: Japanese history books and/or documentaries

Postby Gundaetiapo » Sun 06.10.2007 10:08 pm

Discover the glory of Wikipedia.
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RE: Japanese history books and/or documentaries

Postby soranoraito » Fri 06.22.2007 7:57 pm

Gundaetiapo wrote:
Discover the glory of Wikipedia.


ahahaha XD
yes..wikipedia is glorious indeed ;)
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RE: Japanese history books and/or documentaries

Postby Yozora » Mon 06.25.2007 2:08 pm

How credible is Wikipedia though?
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RE: Japanese history books and/or documentaries

Postby shiohigari » Tue 06.26.2007 11:20 pm

Good point. Anyone can edit stuff on Wikipedia, so in my opinion it's not very credible. In fact, at Uni we're told not to use Wikipedia at all.
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RE: Japanese history books and/or documentaries

Postby SirFirestorm » Wed 06.27.2007 12:06 am

That is a big misconception about Wikipedia, the free editing only means that pranksters will ocassionally mess up information regarding articles about celebrities or controversial topics like the Iraq war. Topics are meant to be revised and evolve for concise and unbiased opinions, you can see evidence of that on the discussion boards. For serious research information, wiki can be considered more informative than an encyclopedia since it is constantly updated.

I used wiki as a source for my business law and macroeconomics class, when the textbook didn't have the information I needed. Teachers that tell you not to use wikipedia are living in the stone age. It is a great resource, but of course you should still be careful. It is a valuable educational tool if you know how to use that tool.

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RE: Japanese history books and/or documentaries

Postby Kenitai » Wed 09.26.2007 6:21 am

soranoraito wrote:
Gundaetiapo wrote:
Discover the glory of Wikipedia.


ahahaha XD
yes..wikipedia is glorious indeed ;)


I don't find Wikipedia to be always accurate/trustable. Any ordinary people can write an entry, so I don't trust it.
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RE: Japanese history books and/or documentaries

Postby Shirasagi » Wed 09.26.2007 7:37 am

Kenitai wrote:
I don't find Wikipedia to be always accurate/trustable. Any ordinary people can write an entry, so I don't trust it.


The flaw in your reasoning there is that just because any ordinary person can write an entry, it doesn't mean that any ordinary person does.

Wikipedia runs the gamut from stubs and rough draft articles written by well-intentioned (and sometimes misinformed) amateurs; to typical entries like those found in any encyclopedia, written by qualified generalists; to the crown of Wikipedia, extremely detailed articles written by specialists in their fields, impossible to get in any standard encyclopedia.

One example is the Caedmon entry. It was written by a professor of English Studies at the University of Lethbridge in Canada. Look at how it's footnoted, and includes a list of references. This is a quality article.

Wikipedia should be used, like an encyclopedia, not as a final arbiter of any discussion or the conclusion of any search, but as a start to further study. If one is interested in Japanese history and has internet access, tooling around the Japanese history pages will not only provide a lot of basic information, but will also suggest various books, articles, and websites that one could use to deepen one's knowledge. No, it's not flawless; no encyclopedia is. But it is one of the better resources we have in the modern age.
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Re: Japanese history books and/or documentaries

Postby asfalios » Thu 05.15.2008 6:27 pm

I recently bought the 3 volume "history of Japan" by George Sansom.
However, since the series was written before more recent discoveries were made specially regarding the pre-Heian era, I decided to buy the outrageously expensive two first volumes of the Cambridge History of Japan (5 volumes in total).
Sansom is ok to a novice like me.

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