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Preface Maps Chronology Introduction Delmer M. Brown 1. The earliest societies in Japan J. Edward Kidder Jr. 2. The Yamato kingdom Delmer M. Brown 3. The century of reform Inoue Mitsusada and Delmer M. Brown 4. The Nara state Naoki Kojiro (translated by Felicia G. Bock) 5. Japan and the continent Okazaki Takashi (translated by Janet Goodwin) 6. Early kami worship Matsumae Takeshi (translated by Janet Goodwin) 7. Early Buddha worship Sonoda Koyu and Delmer M. Brown 8. Nara economic and social institutions Torao Toshiya (translated by William Wayne Farris) 9. Asuka and Nara culture: literacy, literature, and music Edwin A. Cranston 10. The early evolution of historical consciousness Delmer M. Brown.