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Giving Up the Gun - Noel Perrin

(Item: BOOK6684)


Japan's Reversion to the Sword, 1543-1879

Nole Perrin

Stated First Softcover Printing, October 1988

Item Description: David R. Godine Publisher Inc, United States, 1988

Book Condition: Very Good/Lightly Bumped/Rubbed

Edges Very Slightly Bumped/Rear Corner Bump

Several Illustrations Throughout

Trade Paperbound

122 Pages

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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