By Conrad Totman
- The first variation used to be greatly praised for combining sophistication and accessibility.
- Covers a variety of matters, together with geology, weather, agriculture, executive and politics, tradition, literature, media, international kinfolk, imperialism, and industrialism.
- Updated to incorporate an epilogue on Japan at the present time and tomorrow.
- Now contains extra on ladies in background and extra on foreign relations.
- Bibliographical listings were up to date and enlarged.
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