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08 Nov 18
British Foreign Secretaries and Japan 1850-1990 edited by Antony Best and Hugh Cortazzi

British Foreign Secretaries and Japan 1850-1990 edited by Antony Best and Hugh Cortazzi

Review by Peter Kornicki

The essays in this book, written by the two editors and by others including Ian Nish and Thomas Otte, show us how the Anglo-Japanese relationship played out in Whitehall through the careers of the successive foreign secretaries, starting with Lords John Russell, Clarendon and Granville and ending with Sir Geoffrey Howe.

Ninja: Unmasking the Myth by Stephen Turnbull

Ninja: Unmasking the Myth by Stephen Turnbull

Review by George Mullins

With references to Japanese linguistics, art and modern popular culture, Ninja: Unmasking the Myth is an entertaining, yet informative, book that offers a clear and thought-provoking introduction to the elusive history of the ninja or shinobi.

07 Aug 18
Return from Siberia. A Japanese Life in War and Peace, 1925-2015

Return from Siberia. A Japanese Life in War and Peace, 1925-2015

Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi

This book explores how one quite ordinary Japanese coped in war and peace and adapted to a changing Japan.

17 Jul 18
Lansdowne: The Last Great Whig by Simon Kerry

Lansdowne: The Last Great Whig by Simon Kerry

Review by Antony Best

In this volume Simon Kerry draws on the large collection of Lansdowne papers at the British Library to presents us with a fuller picture of the 5th Marquess of Lansdowne.

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