Giving up the Gun : Japan's Reversion to the Sword, 1543-1879, by Perrin, Noel
- ISBN: 9780879237738 | 0879237732
- Cover: Paperback
- Copyright: 1/1/1995
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Was there ever a time when a civilization, technically sophisticated, and in full possession of its senses, reverted to earlier, less advanced technology? You bet - Japan, 1543-1879. During this period Japan effectively prohibited all manufacture of firearms and gunpowder, and isolated itself from the rest of the world with a blockade that remained successful until Commodore Perry's celebrated "opening of Japan" in 1854. An altogether fascinating book - because Perrin is a consistently good storyteller, because even his footnotes are a delight to read, and because this is a story that really has few parallels in modern history. "A fascinating story...thoroughly enjoyable - filled with marvelous anecdotes and illustrations." (Washington Post Book World)