Japan before Perry: A Short History / Edition 2

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By 1853 Japan had been transformed from a sparsely populated land of nonliterate tribal peoples into an elaborately structured commercial society sustaining massive cities and a varied array of sophisticated cultural production.
In this authoritative survey, Conrad Totman examines the origins of Japanese civilization and explores in detail the classical, medieval, and early-modern epochs, weaving interpretations of the major themes in Japan's cultural and political development into a rich historical narrative.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520254077
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 1/14/2008
  • Edition description: 25th Anniversary Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 260
  • Sales rank: 1,280,562
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Conrad Totman is Professor Emeritus of History at Yale University.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps     x
Preface     xi
The Beginnings     1
Prehistoric cultures     2
The Yamato age     7
Classical Japan: An Age of Aristocratic Bureaucracy     18
The origins of aristocratic bureaucracy     19
Evolution of the political order, A.D. 700-1100     26
Higher culture     31
Aristocratic Buddhism     32
Arts and letters     42
The larger society     54
The waning of an age     63
Medieval Japan: An Age of Political Fluidity     70
The emergence of bushi rule     73
Evolution of the political order, A.D. 1250-1500     80
Higher culture     85
The bushi ethos     85
Religious thought and action     93
Arts and letters: a new aesthetic unity     106
Social change: the early phase of a metamorphosis     117
Economic trends     118
Military trends     123
Trends in gross productivity and population     126
The legacy of an age     129
Early-Modern Japan: An Age of Integral Bureaucracy     133
The forging of integral bureaucracy     137
Emergence of the new structure     138
The chronology of pacification     142
Evolution of the political order, A.D. 1615-1850     145
Elaboration of the polity     145
Articulation of an ideology of rule     150
Stresses in the polity     158
Higher culture     164
Bushi culture     166
Chonin culture     167
The spread of literacy and learning     174
The pattern of early-modern thought     176
Social change: toward completion of a metamorphosis     188
Urbanization     189
Commercialization     192
Rural change     195
The decay of an age     199
Rural disorder     199
New directions in arts and letters     201
New trends in political thought     205
Growth and regulation     213
The environmental legacy     214
Early-modern growth     219
Early-modern regulation     222
Conclusion     230
Glossary     233
Bibliographical Note     239
Index     241
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