Handbook to Life in Medieval and Early Modern Japan

Handbook to Life in Medieval and Early Modern Japan

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andbook to Life in Medieval and Early Modern Japan spans the beginning of the Kamakura period in 1185 through the end of the Edo (Tokugawa) period in 1868. The medieval and early modern eras in Japan were largely shaped by the rise of the warrior class. After 1603, with the founding of the Tokugawa shogunate, Japanese culture changed dramatically, but as cities grew and merchants thrived, the warrior class became less dominant. By the end of the Edo period, Japan's insular feudal society and military government became irrelevant in an increasingly consumer-oriented economy and thriving urban culture. The contribution of military rulers, celebrated warriors, and cultural innovators to medieval and early modern Japanese culture are well documented. However, life at the village level also had a strong impact on the culture. Covering both levels of society, this comprehensive guide provides insightful information on well-known people and peasants, artisans, shopkeepers, and others outside the periphery of power. Handbook to Life in Medieval and Early Modern Japan introduces the reader to the significant people and events-cultural, social, political, and historical-and the everyday experiences and elements of material culture during this time.

Organized thematically, the text covers: History; Land, Environment, and Population; Government; Society and Economy; Warriors and Warfare; Religion; Philosophy, Education, and Science; Language and Literature; Performing Arts; Art and Architecture; Travel and Communication; Daily Life. Each chapter includes an extensive bibliography, and photographs and maps complement the text. Handbook to Life in Medieval and Early Modern Japan provides all the essential information for anyone interested in Japanese history, society, or culture.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 185 x 233 x 23mm | 861g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 90 halftones & line illus.
  • 0195331265
  • 9780195331264
  • 210,857

Table of contents

List of illustrations
List of Maps
List of Tables and Charts
Ch. 1: Historical Context
Ch. 2: Land, Environment, and Population
Ch. 3: Government
Ch. 4: Society and Economy
Lisa J. Robertson: Ch. 5: Warriors and Warfare
Ch. 6: Religion
Ch. 7: Philosophy, Education, and Science
Ch. 8: Language and Literature
Ch. 9: Performing Arts
Ch. 10: Art and Architecture with Lisa J. Robertson
Ch. 11: Travel and Communication
Ch. 12: Everyday Life
List of Museums
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About William E. Deal

WIlliam E. Deal obtained a Ph.D. in religious studies from Harvard. He is currently Severance Professor of the History of Religion at case Western Reserve University. Dr. Deal's current research focuses on the relationship between religion and state in Japanese history. He has numerous articles to his credit and has translated part of the Nihon shoki and other early Japanese texts. He is the co-author of Theory for Religious Studies (with Timothy Beal) (Routledge).
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