What's the best book about Japanese history?
September 22, 2005 11:35 AM Subscribe
I'm interested in learning about Japanese history pre-1900. What book(s) should I be reading?
posted by selfnoise to society & culture (5 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I've been reading Lone Wolf and Cub (as well as some Samurai Executioner) and it struck me that I really don't know much about Japanese medieval history. I mean, I know a little about the samurai, and the structure of the country, and the various periods that history is divided into. But I'm lacking a lot of detail, and I'm in the mood for a meaty but readable history of Japan, preferably from early times to the dawn of modernity. Does anyone have any suggestions? If I really need to read 2-3 books rather than just one, that's fine too.
I should also throw in the caveat that I don't speak or read Japanese, so any books would have to be in English.