The Cambridge History of Japan

The Cambridge History of Japan
Author John Whitney Hall, Marius Jansen, Madoka Kanai, Denis Twitchett (eds.)
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Japanese history
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Published 1988 onwards

The Cambridge History of Japan is a multi-volume survey of Japanese history published by Cambridge University Press (CUP). This was the first major collaborative synthesis presenting the current state of knowledge of Japanese history.[1] The series aims to present as full a view of Japanese history as possible.[2] The collaborative work brings together the writing of Japanese specialists and historians of Japan.[1]


Plans for the project were initiated in the 1970s; and the first of the volumes was published in 1988.

The general editor, John Whitney Hall, was expressly focused on the task of identifying arrays of relationships in Japanese history—such as, for example, between the chronology of military exploits in the 16th century and an account of consequences which developed over time.[3]

The several volumes include:


  1. 1 2 Cambridge University Press, publisher's blurb; retrieved 2011-08-12
  2. Borgen, Robert and Gina L. Barnes, "Review: The Cambridge History of Japan, Vol. 1, Ancient Japan by Delmer M. Brown," Journal of Japanese Studies, Vol. 22, No. 1 (Winter, 1996), pp. 129-133.
  3. De-Min Tao. "Review: The Cambridge History of Japan, Volume 4: Early Modern Japan by John W. Hall," Monumenta Nipponica, Vol. 47, No. 3 (Autumn, 1992), pp. 407-410; retrieved 2011-08-12
  4. Vol. 1. Ancient Japan, OCLC 457145728 (e-book)
  5. Vol. 2. Heian Japan, OCLC 457145736 (e-book)
  6. Vol. 3. Medieval Japan, OCLC 457145743 (e-book)
  7. Vol. 4. Early modern Japan, 715996349
  8. Vol. 5. The Nineteenth Century, OCLC 457145753 (e-book)
  9. Vol. 6. The Twentieth Century, OCLC 440769619 (e-book)


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