A perennial best-seller, Sources of Japanese Tradition has long been a staple in classrooms and libraries, a handy and comprehensive reference for scholars and students, and an engaging introduction for general readers. Now in its long-awaited second edition, this classic volume remains unrivaled for its wide selection of source readings on history, society, politics, education, philosophy, and religion in the land of the rising sun.
New edition of a selection of source readings on Japanese history, society, politics, education, philosophy, and religion. De Bary (Heyman Center for the Humanities), Donald Keene (Japanese literature, Columbia U.), George Tanabe (religion, U. of Hawaii) and Paul Varley (history, U. of Hawaii) have restructured this volume to span the period from the early Japanese chronicles to the end of the 16th century. In addition, they have revised or retranslated many of the texts and added new readings on early and medieval Shinto, the tea ceremony, state Buddhism and Chinese political thought that has affected Japan, women's education, medieval innovations in the uses of history, and laws and precepts of the medieval warrior houses. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)