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Enola Gay: Mission to Hiroshima by Gordon Thomas, Max Morgan-Witts

By Gordon Thomas, Max Morgan-Witts

Crucial occasion of global conflict . The bombing of Hiroshima is informed for the 1st time from first-hand resources. delusion and fact are eventually separated from the making plans of the challenge to that second over Hiroshima while the atomic age was once born.

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Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 26 INTRODUCTION selves and to shift their scholastic trends. 20 The chapter on "Zen and the Gozan" is by Martin Collcutt, author of both an important book on the subject and significant studies of the institutional and religious histories of the medieval period. His chapter provides a perceptive history of Zen in Japan, from its introduction in the Asuka period (538-710) through the Muromachi period. The first part of this chapter deals with the transmission of Zen (Ch'an) from China, a process that, before the Kamakura period, was sporadic.

Hall next examines the delicate balance of power within the bakufu between the shugo and the shogun. Noting that shogunal control increased under Yoshimitsu, Hall offers a number of reasons for this: the end of the fighting over the Southern Court, the development of the kanrei (deputy shogun) system, the practice of shugo residence in Kyoto, and military action eliminating recalcitrant shugo. Shogunal power, Hall emphasizes, was enhanced by the post of kanrei which rotated among three primary shugo allies, because this practice gave the bakufu the combined military support of the primary allies needed to dominate any would-be challenger of shogunal power.

Asakawa's studies, however, were comparative; he was searching for similarities between the medieval land systems of Japan and Europe. The other exceptional scholar of the prewar period was George B. Sansom. His major prewar publication, Japan: A Short Cultural History, may have relied too heavily on the "history-throughnarrative" approach and may not have been comprehensive in coverage, but it provided a vivid picture of Japanese history and numerous interpretive insights. 6 Although ironically the study of Japan began in earnest as a result of World War II, its medieval history was neglected during the immediate postwar years.

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