Updated February 23, 2018 by Daniel Imperiale

The 10 Best Japanese History Books

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Modern History: From Tokugawa T...
Samurai: An Illustrated History
Its History And Culture 4th Edi...

We spent 25 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. Whether you have a particular interest in Asian cultures, or you're a student or teacher starting a class in the field, the Japanese history books on our list have a lot to offer. Only some of them endeavor to cover the entirety of the country's existence, while many others take a close look at one moment or cultural phenomenon in the nation's storied timeline. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best japanese history book on Amazon.

10. Its History And Culture 4th Edition

9. A History of the Japanese People

8. Embracing Defeat

7. A Hundred Years Of Japanese Film

6. A History of Japan: Revised Edition

5. Samurai: An Illustrated History

4. Modern History: From Tokugawa Times To Present

3. Shinsengumi: The Shogun's Last Samurai Corps

2. Bending Adversity

1. The Making Of Modern Japan

Daniel Imperiale
Last updated on February 23, 2018 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).

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