The Yamato Dynasty

The Yamato Dynasty
Author: Sterling Seagrave,Peggy Seagrave
Publsiher: Random House Digital, Inc.
Total Pages: 394
Release: 2001
Genre: History
ISBN: 9780767904971

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A portrait of the world's longest-reigning dynasty offers a look at the shoguns, emperors, and financiers who have controlled Japan.

The Soong Dynasty

The Soong Dynasty
Author: Sterling Seagrave
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 532
Release: 1996
Genre: China
ISBN: 0552141089

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The story of the Soong family whose power and wealth have dominated China and American policy towards Asia in the 20th century. It chronicles the family's roots from the middle of the 19th century and their rise to power thereafter.

The Yamato Dynasty

The Yamato Dynasty
Author: Sterling Seagrave,Peggy Seagrave
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 603
Release: 2000-01
Genre: Japan
ISBN: 0552147095

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A collective biography of the Japanese imperial family, both men and women, covering five generations from the Meiji Restoration of the 19th century. It provides evidence of Hirohito and the family's involvement in war crimes and subsequent cover-up by the American occupying authorities.

Gold Warriors

Gold Warriors
Author: Sterling Seagrave,Peggy Seagrave
Publsiher: Verso
Total Pages: 332
Release: 2003
Genre: History
ISBN: 1859845428

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In 1945, US Intelligence officers in Manila discovered that the Japanese had hidden large quantities of gold bullion and other looted treasure in the Philippines. President Truman decided to recover the gold but to keep its riches secret. These would be combined with treasure recovered inside Japan during the US occupation, and with Nazi loot recovered in Europe, to create a worldwide American political action fund to fight communism. Overseen by General MacArthur, President Truman, and John Foster Dulles, this "Black Gold" gave Washington virtually limitless, unaccountable funds, providing an asset base to reinforce the treasuries of America's allies, to bribe political and military leaders, and to manipulate elections in foreign countries for more than fifty years. Drawing on a vast range of original documents and thousands of hours of interviews, Gold Warriors exposes one of the great state secrets of the twentieth century.

Imperial Politics and Symbolics in Ancient Japan

Imperial Politics and Symbolics in Ancient Japan
Author: Herman Ooms
Publsiher: University of Hawaii Press
Total Pages: 353
Release: 2009-01-01
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 9780824832353

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This title offers an understanding of a formative stage in the development of the Japanese state. It presents a wide-ranging and fine-grained examination of the power struggles, symbolic manipulations, mythological constructs, and historical revisions that both defines and propelled these changes.

Japanese Fairy Tales

Japanese Fairy Tales
Author: Yei Theodora Ozaki
Publsiher: Lulu.com
Total Pages: 190
Release: 2017-07-12
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781387097456

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This collection of Japanese fairy tales is the outcome of a suggestion made to me indirectly through a friend by Mr. Andrew Lang. They have been translated from the modern version written by Sadanami Sanjin. These stories are not literal translations, and though the Japanese story and all quaint Japanese expressions have been faithfully preserved, they have been told more with the view to interest young readers of the West than the technical student of folk-lore.... In telling these stories in English I have followed my fancy in adding such touches of local color or description as they seemed to need or as pleased me, and in one or two instances I have gathered in an incident from another version. At all times, among my friends, both young and old, English or American, I have always found eager listeners to the beautiful legends and fairy tales of Japan, and in telling them I have also found that they were still unknown to the vast majority...

Lords of the Rim

Lords of the Rim
Author: Sterling Seagrave
Publsiher: Corgi
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2012-05
Genre: China
ISBN: 0552168122

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"Be so subtle that you are invisible. Be so mysterious that you are intangible. Then you will control your rivals's fate' un Tzu, from The Art of War A community of fifty five million expatriates. Up to two trillion dollars in assets. A highly integrated interconnected network of influence and favour. A firm base on the Pacific Rim. Ambitions to influence the West. Imagine the potential power of such an organisation. You don't have to. This is the Overseas Chinese. Sterling Seagrave's brilliant new book, Lords of the Rim, uncovers a complex web of operations which already dominates the Far East and which is already making inroads into the West. It is a superbly researched and spectacularly told account of an extraordinary phenomenon, telling just who the Overseas Chinese are and how they became so powerful. Spanning thousands of years it encompasses stories of murder and betrayal, bravery and corruption; of triads, syndicates, kingmakers, merchants, emperors, generals, spies and pirates. In telling this masterful and entertaining history, Seagrave provides the reader with a cautionary tale- that Chinese strategies so effective for centuries are just as succesful today."

Archaeology and History of Toraijin

Archaeology and History of Toraijin
Author: Song-nai Rhee,C. Melvin Aikens,Gina L. Barnes
Publsiher: Archaeopress Publishing Ltd
Total Pages: 242
Release: 2021-09-09
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 9781789699678

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In light of the recently uncovered archaeological data and ancient historical records, this book offers an overview of the 14 centuries-long Toraijin story, from c. 800~600 BC to AD 600, exploring the fundamental role these immigrants, mainly from the Korean Peninsula, played in the history of the Japanese archipelago during this formative period.

The Soong Dynasty

The Soong Dynasty
Author: Sterling Seagrave
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 532
Release: 1985
Genre: China
ISBN: 0450395111

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An inside account of the Soong family, whose wealth and power have dominated China and U.S.-Asia policy in the 20th century.

Impurity and Death

Impurity and Death
Author: Chikara Abe
Publsiher: Universal-Publishers
Total Pages: 108
Release: 2003-09
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781581121957

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Personal impurity caused by childbirth, menstrual blood or death is an issue of concern prevalent in many cultures. In Japan, the generic term for these kinds of impurities is kegare and death impurity, a sub-type of kegare, is known as shi-e. The major topic of this book is death impurity. The definition and genesis of shi-e are explained. In addition, details of the influence shi-e had on ancient Japanese society as well as its continuing influence on modern Japanese society are given. Three hypotheses are stated and supported: (1) the shi-e concept began in Japan during the Yayoi period (300 BC - 300 AD) rather than at a later date as previously hypothesized; (2) the basis for the aversion to dead bodies, i.e. shi-e, is that corpses remind people of the fact that they will soon die; (3) Buddhism and Shintoism merged in Japan because of the impact of shi-e on Shintoism. This book concludes with some comments on the relevance of knowledge of the death impurity for students of Japanese history, culture and society.

The Goddesses of Japan

The Goddesses of Japan
Author: Kazuko Nishimura
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 394
Release: 2019-02-17
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: 172745989X

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The Goddesses of Japan is a history-based book, entirely narrated by unsung heroines - a goddess, a sovereign, a mother, a wife, a warrior, a lover - who enacts in the forefront or moves in the background to influence the fate of the country, changing forever the fabric of its society. The Deities Izanami and Izanagi are appointed the Creators of the New World - the Land of the Rising Sun. A beautiful love relationship develops between them during the Creation phase, but fate sets them apart forever. Their offspring fight for hegemony over the land and Amaterasu, the Sun Goddess emerges victorious. Her descendants become the Rulers of the new world and founds the legendary Yamato Dynasty, in which every sovereign is invested with the Three Sacred Imperial Regalia; an act that makes their prerogative to the Chrysanthemum Throne unique and incontestable. Though, through the ancient times they make alliances with powerful aristocratic families and warrior clans in order to survive treachery and rivalries; with the emergence of the Samurai class, the Imperial House loses grip on state affairs and for almost a century and half, the country is engulfed in brutal civil wars. The sword becomes the law and the strong feeds on the weak in a dynamic interchange of power, where there is always one who is yet stronger than the strong. Stealthy agents called Ninja enter the scene, worsening the situation, yet help the process of reunification of the country. With the introduction of Christianity, the new rulers fear to become a European subject; hence, they isolate the entire nation from the outside world. After more than two centuries of seclusion, the political power is finally restored to the Emperor, who opens the borders, but perhaps it is too late for Japan to recover from its medieval slumbering...

Dragon Lady

Dragon Lady
Author: Sterling Seagrave
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 601
Release: 1992
Genre: China
ISBN: IND:30000029786039

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About the life of the Empress Cixi, also called Tzu Hsi, who ruled China from 1861 to 1908.

The Consolations of Philosophy

The Consolations of Philosophy
Author: Alain De Botton
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2013-01-23
Genre: Philosophy
ISBN: 9780307833501

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From the author of How Proust Can Change Your Life, a delightful, truly consoling work that proves that philosophy can be a supreme source of help for our most painful everyday problems. Perhaps only Alain de Botton could uncover practical wisdom in the writings of some of the greatest thinkers of all time. But uncover he does, and the result is an unexpected book of both solace and humor. Dividing his work into six sections -- each highlighting a different psychic ailment and the appropriate philosopher -- de Botton offers consolation for unpopularity from Socrates, for not having enough money from Epicurus, for frustration from Seneca, for inadequacy from Montaigne, and for a broken heart from Schopenhauer (the darkest of thinkers and yet, paradoxically, the most cheering). Consolation for envy -- and, of course, the final word on consolation -- comes from Nietzsche: "Not everything which makes us feel better is good for us." This wonderfully engaging book will, however, make us feel better in a good way, with equal measures of wit and wisdom.

The Nihon Shoki Nihongi The Chronicles of Japan

The Nihon Shoki  Nihongi   The Chronicles of Japan
Author: Anonymous
Publsiher: Library of Alexandria
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2022
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: 9781465572783

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Dynasties and Democracy

Dynasties and Democracy
Author: Daniel M. Smith
Publsiher: Studies of the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center
Total Pages: 359
Release: 2018
Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
ISBN: 1503605051

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The presence of dynasties seems to run counter to widely held conceptions of democratic opportunity and fairness. Yet they persist throughout the modern democratized world. Looking at the institutional change in Japan's party system as a comparative model, Daniel M. Smith examines the factors that contribute to their development over time and space and the advantages that members of dynasties reap throughout their political careers.