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The Origins of Japanese Trade Supremacy: Development and Technology in Asia from 1540 to the Pacific War
by Christopher Howe
University of Chicago Press, 1996
Paper: 978-0-226-35486-6 | Cloth: 978-0-226-35485-9
Library of Congress Classification HF3824.H68 1996
Dewey Decimal Classification 382.0952

Synthesizing a wide range of scholarship Christopher Howe traces the history of Japanese trade over four centuries and locates the sources of Japan's current commercial and financial strength in events that began in the sixteenth century.

"Thoughtful, well-organized, and lucidly written and reflects many years of painstaking research in different literatures."—Business Horizons

"The best analysis yet in English of the role of technology in Japan's emergence as a global economic power."—David J. Jeremy, Technology and Culture

"An important addition to Japanese economic history and the concept of creating relative advantage in trade."—Richard Rice, Journal of Asian Studies

"No other work in English approaches Christopher Howe's combination of a sweeping historical perspective with a comprehensive yet in-depth analysis of factors underlying Japan's pre-1940 economic 'miracle.' . . . [An] illuminating study."—Steven J. Ericson, American Historical Review
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