Handbook to Life in Medieval and Early Modern Japan

Handbook to Life in Medieval and Early Modern Japan

by William E. Deal
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195331265

ISBN-13: 9780195331264

Pub. Date: 09/05/2007

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195331264
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/05/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
1,209,283
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 7.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     ix
List of Maps     x
List of Tables and Charts     x
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     xiii
Historical Context     1
Historical Survey     2
Biographies of Historical Figures     21
Reading     51
Land, Environment, and Population     53
Landscape and Environment     54
City, Town, and Countryside     60
Population Statistics     62
Gazetteer of Place-names     63
Reading     85
Government     87
Imperial and Military Rule     88
Structure of the Imperial Court     89
Structure of the Shogunates     92
Law, Crime, and Punishment     101
Reading     105
Society and Economy     107
Society     108
Women     115
Social Protest     117
Economy     119
Reading     129
Warriors and Warfare   Lisa J. Robertson     131
Warrior History     132
Warrior Ethics     138
Martial Arts and Weaponry     149
Armor, Helmets, and Shields     167
Fortifications     173
Warrior Ranks and Hierarchy     174
Battle Tactics     178
Wars and Battles     182
Reading     184
Religion     187
Introduction     188
Shinto Traditions     190
Japanese Buddhist Traditions     202
Christianity     217
Role of Women     218
Reading     219
Philosophy, Education, and Science     221
Philosophy     222
Education     227
Science     231
Reading     240
Language and Literature     241
Language     242
Literature     249
Reading     260
Performing Arts     263
Introduction     264
Musical Instruments     265
Music and Dance     267
Religious Performing Arts     270
Theater     272
Street Entertainers and Storytellers     281
Reading     282
Art and Architecture with Lisa J. Robertson     283
Introduction     284
Art      287
Tea and Related Arts     302
Architecture     307
Reading     324
Travel and Communication     325
Introduction     326
Land Travel and Communication     327
Maritime Travel and Communication     333
Reading     338
Everyday Life     339
The Family     340
The Home     342
Marriage and Divorce     345
Sexuality     346
Pregnancy and Childbirth     347
Food and Drink     348
Dress and Personal Appearance     350
Sports and Diversions     353
Calendar     355
Festivals and Yearly Rituals     355
Death and Dying     358
Reading     359
List of Museums     361
Bibliography     363
Index     383

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