The World Turned Upside Down: Medieval Japanese Society / Edition 2001

The World Turned Upside Down: Medieval Japanese Society / Edition 2001

by Pierre Francois Souyri
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231118422

ISBN-13: 9780231118422

Pub. Date: 09/04/2001

Publisher: Columbia University Press

In the late twelfth century, Japanese people called the transitional period in which they were living the "age of warriors." Feudal clans fought civil wars, and warriors from the Kanto Plain rose up to restore the military regime of their shogun, Yoritomo. The whole of this intermediary period came to represent a gap between two stable societies: the…  See more details below

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In the late twelfth century, Japanese people called the transitional period in which they were living the "age of warriors." Feudal clans fought civil wars, and warriors from the Kanto Plain rose up to restore the military regime of their shogun, Yoritomo. The whole of this intermediary period came to represent a gap between two stable societies: the ancient period, dominated by the imperial court in Heian (today's Kyoto), and the modern period, dominated by the Tokugawa bakufu based in Edo (today's Tokyo).In this remarkable portrait of a complex period in the evolution of Japan, Pierre F. Souyri uses a wide variety of sources -ranging from legal and historical texts to artistic and literary examples -to form a magisterial overview of medieval Japanese society. As much at home discussing the implications of the morality and mentality of The Tale of the Heike as he is describing local disputes among minor vassals or the economic implications of the pirate trade, Souyri brilliantly illustrates the interconnected nature of medieval Japanese culture. The Middle Ages was a decisive time in Japan's history because it confirmed the country's national identity. New forms of cultural expression, such as poetry, theater, garden design, the tea ceremony, flower arranging, and illustrated scrolls, conveyed a unique sensibility -sometimes in opposition to the earlier Chinese models followed by the old nobility. The World Turned Upside Down provides an animated account of the religious, intellectual, and literary practices of medieval Japan in order to reveal the era's own notable cultural creativity and enormous economic potential.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231118422
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
09/04/2001
Series:
Asia Perspectives: History, Society, and Culture Series
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.89(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Chronology of Japanese History with Emphasis on the Middle Ages
Chapter 1. The Curtain Rises
Chapter 2. Social Dynamics in the Late Heian Period
Chapter 3. The Crisis in the Late Twelfth Century
War
Chapter 4. Kamakura: The Warrior Regime
Chapter 5. Kamakura: A Society of Questions
Chapter 6. Kamakura: A Society in Transformation
Chapter 7. The Second Middle Ages: The Turning Point of the Fourteenth Century
Chapter 8. Warriors, Pirates, Peasants, and Priests
Chapter 9. The Splendor and Misery of the Muromachi Century: The Culmination of the Ashikaga and the Development of Trade
Chapter 10. The Splendor and Misery of the Muromachi Century: New Uprisings, New Culture
Chapter 11. The Sengoku Period: Communes, Religious Leagues, and Neighborhood Associations
Chapter 12. The Sengoku Period: Warlords Seeking Power
Glossary of Japanese Words and Names


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