Giving up the gun : Japan's reversion to the sword, 1543-1879 /

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Main Author: Perrin, Noel
Format: Book
Published:Boulder : Shambhala ; [New York] : distributed in the U.S. by Random House, 1980, c1979.
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Main Author:Perrin, Noel

Was there ever a time when a civilization, technically sophisticated, and in full possession of its senses, reverted in an earlier, less advanced technology? You bet - Japan, 1543-1879. During this period Japan effectively prohibited all manufacture of firearms and gunpowder, and isolated itself from the rest of the world with a blockade that remained successful until Commodore Perry's celebrated "opening of Japan" in 1854. An altogether fascinating book - because Perrin is a consistently good storyteller, because even his footnotes are a delight to read, and because this is the story that really has few parallels in modern history.

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General Notes:Reprint of the ed. published by D. R. Godine, Boston.
Physical Description:xii, 122 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Bibliography:Bibliography: p. 113-122.
ISBN:0877731845 (pbk.) :
0394739493 (Random House)