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Japan Emerging: Premodern History to 1850,9780813344836

Japan Emerging: Premodern History to 1850

Edition: 1st
Format: Nonspecific Binding
Pub. Date: 3/6/2012
Publisher(s): Routledge


Japan Emergingprovides a comprehensive survey of Japan from prehistory to the nineteenth century. Incorporating the latest scholarship and methodology, leading authorities writing specifically for this volume outline and explore the main developments in Japanese life through ancient, classical, medieval, and early modern periods. Instead of relying solely on lists of dates and prominent names, the authors focus on whyand howJapanese political, social, economic, and intellectual life evolved. Each part begins with a timeline and a set of guiding questions and issues to help orient readers and enhance continuity. Engaging, thorough, and accessible, this is an essential text for all students and scholars of Japanese history.

Author Biography

Karl F. Friday is the director of the IES Abroad Tokyo Center. His books include Samurai, Warfare and the State in Early Medieval Japan and The First Samurai: The Life and Legend of the Warrior Rebel Taira Masakado.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. xi
Map: The Provinces of Premodern Japanp. xii
Prefacep. xiii
Landmarks, Eras, and Appellation in Japanese History
Japan's Natural Settingp. 3
Sorting the Pastp. 16
Defining "Ancient" and "Classical,"p. 21
Defining "Medieval,"p. 32
Defining "Early Modern,"p. 42
Part II
Timelinep. 53
Origins of the Japanese Peoplep. 55
What Used to Be Called Shinto: The Question of Japans Indigenous Religionp. 66
The Emergence of Political Rulership and the State in Early Japanp. 77
Early Japan and the Continentp. 89
Centralization and State Formation in Sixth-and Seventh-Century japanp. 98
Court, Capital, and Countryside in the classical Age
Timelinep. 109
Emperor, Aristocracy, and the Ritsuryo State: Court Politics inp. 111
Oligarchy, Shared Rulership, and Power Blocsp. 122
Aristocratic Buddhismp. 135
The Canons of Courtly Tastep. 146
The Provinces and the Public Economy, 700-1100p. 157
The Shoen Systemp. 167
The Dawn of the Samuraip. 178
The Kamakura Shogunate and the Beginnings of Warrior Powerp. 189
Demesne, Dominion, and Diffusion in the Medieval Age
Timelinep. 201
Kamakura and the Challenges of Governancep. 203
Go-DaigM, Takauji, and the Muromachi Shogunatep. 213
Medieval Religionp. 224
Warriors, Warlords, and Domainsp. 233
Medieval Warfarep. 244
Medieval Arts and Aestheticsp. 254
Gender Relations in the Age of Violencep. 267
The Rise of the Peasantryp. 278
The Medieval Economyp. 289
Diplomacy, Piracy, and the Space Between: Japan and East Asia in the Medieval Periodp. 299
Bureaucrats, Burghers, and Bailiwicks in the Early Modern Age
Timelinep. 309
The Sixteenth-Century Reunificationp. 311
The Political Orderp. 321
A Whole New World (Order): Early Modern Japanese Foreign Relations, 1550-1850p. 333
The New Warriors: Samurai in Early Modern Japanp. 344
Urbanization, Trade; and Merchantsp. 356
Ukiyo asobi: Urban Arts and Entertainments in Early Modem Japan, Frank Chancep. 366
Religion in Early Modern Japanp. 378
Peace Dividend: Agrarian Developments in Tokugawa Japanp. 391
Family, Gender, and Sex in Early Modern Japanp. 402
Thought, Education, and Popular Literacies in Early Modern Japanp. 413
Bibliographyp. 425
About the Authorsp. 455
Indexp. 461
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