Homer's Travels: Book: Mikiso Hane's "Japan: A Short History"

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Book: Mikiso Hane's "Japan: A Short History"

It took me a while to finish my latest read, not because it was long, but because I was interrupted by our Camino journeys.  I fully intended to read while I was on the Camino - I carried my tablet with the book loaded on it - but I was just too tired at the end of each day.

I chose Mikiso Hane's "Japan: A Short History" because I felt I had a hole in my knowledge about the country.  Unfortunately the book fell short.

I had a good idea about twentieth century Japanese history and I hoped to fill in the pre-twentieth century history.  Unfortunately the book seemed to skim over the older history and had a more full accounting of the twentieth century period.

Having said this the book was well written and did provide a short history of Japan so I can't fault it for not meeting my more specific expectations.  Therefore I gave it four stars out of five on Goodreads.  I needed more but for some it might be enough.

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