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Japanese Studies in English: A Research Guide: Primary Sources

Developed and updated by Dan McKee and Michael Engle.

Primary Sources

de Bary, Wm. Theodore, ed. Sources of Japanese Tradition. 2nd edition. 2 volumes. New York: Columbia University Press, 2001-2005.
(eBook version: Volume 1; Volume 2; print version: Kroch Asia Stacks DS 821 .S68x 2001)
Volume 1: From earliest times to 1600. Volume 2: 1600 to 2000.
The newest edition in the Sources of Japanese Civilization series contains readings on Japanese religion, philosophy, politics, society, and literature since the earliest times. It includes a chronological table and brief background information on the translated excerpts. Originally compiled in the 1950s, this newer edition revises and supplements Tsunoda's compilation.