Masaharu Anesaki’s “History of Japanese Religion” continues to be a much-cited pillar of Japanese studies and is now available in digital format.
The original draft of the present book was an outcome of the author’s lectures at Harvard University during the years 1913-15, when he had the honor of occupying there the chair of Japanese Literature and Life. In response to the encouragement given by several friends at Harvard, the author tried to put the material of the lectures into book form and redrafted it from time to time. The book was eventually published in 1930.
See also, Masaharu Anesaki’s “Nichiren, The Buddhist Prophet”