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The Cambridge History of Japan : CAMBRIDGE HISTORY OF JAPAN - John Whitney Hall

The Cambridge History of Japan

CAMBRIDGE HISTORY OF JAPAN

Hardcover Published: 28th June 1991
ISBN: 9780521223553
Number Of Pages: 860

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This is the fourth of six volumes designed to explore the history of Japan from prehistoric to modern times. Volume 4 roughly covers the years from 1550 to 1800, a short but surprisingly eventful period in Japanese history commonly referred to as Japan's Early Modern Age. At the start, much of the country was being pulled apart by local military lords engaged in a struggle for land and local hegemony. These daimyo succeeded in dividing Japan into nearly autonomous regional domains. Before the end of the seventeenth century, however, the daimyo in turn were subjected to a powerful unification movement led by three colorful figures, Nobunaga, Hideyoshi, and Ieyasu. It was under Tokugawa Ieyasu, the last of the unifiers, that Japan was brought together under a single powerful command vested in the office of shogun. The Tokugawa hegemony lasted until 1868 when it was brought down by the Meiji Restoration. This volume attempts to flesh out the historical tale with insights into the way that people lived and worked. It examines the relationship between peasant and local lord, and between the lord, as a unit of local government, and the emerging shogunate. It offers new insights into the evolution of indigenous thought and religion and it also deals with Japan's foreign relations, particularly the impact of the Christian missionary movement. Each of these themes is examined by thirteen distinguished Japanese and American scholars.

"...a project that bears the marks of careful planning and organization by experienced editors who are themselves distinguished historians of Japan...Clearly written and free of jargon, all essays contain topical subheadings that are helpfully placed at the top of the pages as well as within the texts." E. Patricia Tsurumi, Canadian Journal of History "...a tour de force that at once represents the culmination of several generations of scholarship and heralds the advent of a new level of sophistication in the study of Japan's early modern history." Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies

Introduction
The sixteenth-century unification
The social and economic consequences of unification
The bakuhan system
The han
The inseparable trinity: Japan's relations with China and Korea
Christianity and the daimyo
Thought and religion: 1550-1700
Politics in the eighteenth century
The village and agriculture during the Edo period
Commercial change and urban growth in early modern Japan Nakai Nobuhiko and James
History and nature in eighteenth-century Tokugawa thought
Tokugawa society: material culture, standard of living, and life-styles
Popular culture
Glossary
Index
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ISBN: 9780521223553
ISBN-10: 0521223555
Series: CAMBRIDGE HISTORY OF JAPAN : Book 4
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 860
Published: 28th June 1991
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 5.6
Weight (kg): 1.32