Japanese Society and History

  • by Harold Kerbo, John McKinstry
  • Narrated by Eva Wilhelm
  • 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Japan has always seemed a puzzle to most westerners - so modern, so industrialized, yet somehow so different. Japanese Society and History seeks to initiate westerners to the learning process of making Japan seem a little less mysterious and a little more understandable. This book walks readers through some of the important features of Japanese society to help readers begin slowly forming a more complete picture of Japan.
Japanese Society and History is a unique text and effective teaching tool designed for use in comparative sociology and political science courses, as well as courses in Asian Studies.
Japanese Society and History explores a variety a topics in Japanese society, including geography, language, history, cultural themes, family life, education, religion, politics and government, and the economy.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Lots of interesting information and easy to follow

Where does Japanese Society and History rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I'd say it's one of the better audio history books I've read. The reason I got this was because I really like listening to The Great Courses audio lectures on history, but they didn't have a course on Japanese history. Japanese is one of my favorite cultures, so I had to get this.

Who was your favorite character and why?


Which character – as performed by Eva Wilhelm – was your favorite?


What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

Probably the bits on history. I already know a lot of things about the culture, but the history is all new to me.

Any additional comments?

I'd just like to say that as a person who studies the language, some of the pronunciation for Japanese words was a bit off. For example, she was talking about Japanese Manga, and she pronounced it "Mane-ga" instead of "Mon-ga" like the Japanese would pronounce it. Other than that, I'm pretty sure this is accurate, because it follows everything I know about the culture, plus other bits of history.

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- Lexi "Lexi"

Very American and academic

The audiance of this book should be American. nearly every point raised in the book is compared against the american way of life as well as measurements in miles and pounds. This takes up considerable time which could have been spent on the sorely needed analysis.

The voice is well voiced but again strongly American and far from nutural being very nasally. I found this hard to listen to without concentration due to my lack of experience with the tone.

This is a good book for someone who is traveling to Japan and wants a verbose, but not descriptive crash course.
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- Peter Hanson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-03-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios