BROKEN GEMS AND WHOLE TILES: A REVIEW ARTICLE
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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The two books under review here exemplify, each in its own way, the prosperous state that Japanology has attained in this country. Maxon adds his name to the already respectably long list of American students whose grasp of sources is both broad and deep, who have worked directly with Japanese individuals and institutions as well as contemplated them, and who furthermore have a point to make. Maxons book is a closely documented monograph. The revised edition of Reischauers book contains some changes and a new section covering postwar trends. Reischauer in this book is not so much the monographist as the practitioner of humane letters, whose grasp of the facts is so sure and comprehensive that he can proceed to consider their meaning without pausing for exhaustive description. Both men exhibit the historians bent. Since the reviewer is predisposed to a sociological approach, the questions asked of the books refer to the explanatory concepts used by the authors and to how much these concepts explain or leave unexplained.
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