Akira Iriye assesses Japan's international relations, from a Japanese perspective, in the century and a half since she ended her self-imposed isolation and resumed her place in the international community. The book is the author's own adaptation of two highly successful short studies, up to and after 1945, that he wrote for Japan. It ends with a consideration of Japan's international relations since the end of the Cold War, and her place in the world today. This is history written from within - and there could be no better interpreter of Japan to the West than this most distinguished of historians, who, himself Japanese, has long lived and taught in the United States.

chapter |10 pages

The Origins of Modern Japanese Diplomacy

chapter |12 pages

The Emergence of Japan as a Great Power

chapter |13 pages

The Road to Continentalism

chapter |14 pages

Japanese Diplomacy in Transition

chapter |13 pages

The Search for a New Order

chapter |15 pages

The Road to the Pacific War

chapter |19 pages

The Consequences of the Pacific War

chapter |13 pages

The Resumption of Japanese Diplomacy

chapter |19 pages

The Origins of Peaceful Coexistence

chapter |18 pages

The Emergence of the Third World

chapter |16 pages

Diplomacy in the Age of Economic Chaos

chapter |14 pages

The Post-Cold War World