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The Cambridge History of Japan

The Cambridge History of Japan

Volume 2. Heian Japan

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Part of The Cambridge History of Japan

Donald H. Shively, William H. McCullough, Dana Morris, Cornelius J. Kiley, Marian Ury, Helen Craig McCullough, Stanley Weinstein, Allan G. Grapard, G. Cameron Hurst III, Rizo Takeuchi
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  • Date Published: July 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521223539

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  • This volume provides the most comprehensive treatment of the Heian period, the golden age of the Japanese imperial court, in any Western language. From 794 to 1185, the Japanese emperor ruled over an elaborate government modeled on China's. Native Japanese elements blended with Chinese influences in religion and the courtly arts. The world's first novel was completed about 1020. In 1185 the elegant and peaceful world of the court was shattered by the struggle of the Taira and Minamoto warrior clans, who usurped real political power.

    • Contributors discuss society, rural economy, arts and culture, and religion, as well as politics and military history
    • Comprehensive overview of Heian period, bibliography lists other important works for further study
    • Chapters are result of years of specialization, building upon work of Japanese scholars
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Historians and other scholars of the Heian period will certainly want to add it to their shelves, but I warmly recommend it as a high-level introduction to theperiod for non-Japanese specialists as well." Karl Friday Jrnl of Japanese Studies

    "The over seven-hundred pades of the text provides a wealth of information...This volume remains an indispensible resource for all students of Heian Japan." American Historial Review Dec 2001

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 1999
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521223539
    • length: 782 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 162 x 41 mm
    • weight: 1.18kg
    • contains: 24 b/w illus. 3 maps 8 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The Heian court, 794–1070 William H. McCullough
    2. The capital and its society William H. McCullough
    3. Land and society Dana Morris
    4. Provincial administration and land tenure in Early Heian Cornelius J. Kiley
    5. Chinese learning and intellectual life Marian Ury
    6. Aristocratic culture Helen Craig McCullough
    7. Aristocratic Buddhism Stanley Weinstein
    8. Religious practices Allan G. Grapard
    9. Insei G. Cameron Hurst III
    10. The rise of the warriors Rizo Takeuchi.

  • Editors

    Donald H. Shively, University of California, Berkeley

    William H. McCullough, University of California, Berkeley


    Donald H. Shively, William H. McCullough, Dana Morris, Cornelius J. Kiley, Marian Ury, Helen Craig McCullough, Stanley Weinstein, Allan G. Grapard, G. Cameron Hurst III, Rizo Takeuchi

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