The Chrysanthemum Throne: A History of the Emperors of Japan

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In this first general study of the Japanese imperial institution throughout its history, Peter Martin brings together inaccessible material, much of it available only in Japanese. He surveys the history and political and religious status of the monarchy of Japan from its mythological origins to our own times. The Chrysanthemum Throne tells a fascinating story of the ebb and flow of the fortunes of the Japanese imperial dynasty, often mere puppets manipulated by the real wielders of power - the feudal warlords and...
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Overview

In this first general study of the Japanese imperial institution throughout its history, Peter Martin brings together inaccessible material, much of it available only in Japanese. He surveys the history and political and religious status of the monarchy of Japan from its mythological origins to our own times. The Chrysanthemum Throne tells a fascinating story of the ebb and flow of the fortunes of the Japanese imperial dynasty, often mere puppets manipulated by the real wielders of power - the feudal warlords and later the shoguns. In the Heian period (794-1185) the imperial court at Kyoto was the centre for a remarkable flowering of cultural activity, with the emperors as patrons of the arts. Thereafter, the imperial court went into decline, but saw a remarkable renaissance after the reopening of Japan in the nineteenth century. Peter Martin throws new light on the role played by the throne since the Meiji restoration in 1868 and Japan's subsequent emergence as one of the two leading economic powers in the world today.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824820299
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The
  • Publication date: 2/15/1998
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Colour Plates
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Gods, Giants and Methuselahs 13
2 Shaping a Monarchy 25
3 Vision and Extravagance at the Imperial Court 49
4 Child Emperors and Abdications 71
5 The Great Imperial Schism 85
6 Hard Times 93
7 Improving Fortunes 107
8 Reinventing the Monarchy 119
9 Showa: Last of the Living Gods 135
10 The Monarchy Deconstructed 149
The Traditional List of Emperors and Empresses Regnant 159
Glossary 165
Further Reading 167
Index 169
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