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The Cambridge History of Japan

The Cambridge History of Japan

Volume 3. Medieval Japan

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Kozo Yamamura, Jeffrey P. Mass, Oyama Kyohei, Ishii Susumu, John Whitney Hall, Imatani Akira, Nagahara Keiji, Kawazoe Shoji, H. Paul Varley, Barbara Ruch, Osumi Kazuo, Martin Collcutt
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  • Date Published: April 1990
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521223546

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  • This third volume in The Cambridge History of Japan is devoted to the three and a half centuries spanning the final decades of the twelfth century when the Kamakura bakufu was founded, to the mid-sixteenth century when civil wars raged following the effective demise of the Muromachi bakufu. Volume 3 contains thirteen specially commissioned essays written by leading Japanese and American scholars that survey the historical events and developments in medieval Japan's polity, economy, society, and culture, as well as its relations with its Asian neighbors. The essays reflect the most recent scholarly research on the history of this period. The volume creates a rich tapestry of the events that took place during these colorful centuries, when the warrior class ruled Japan, institutions underwent fundamental transformations, the economy grew steadily, and Japanese culture and society evolved with surprising vitality to leave legacies that still characterize and affect contemporary Japan.

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    "Essays by six American and six Japanese specialists provide readers with significant new perspectives and detailed information on political and economic institutions, foreign relations, and cultural developments...will be required reading for anyone wishing to take the measure of medieval Japanese historiography in English." Studies in Medieval and Renaissance History

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    • Date Published: April 1990
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521223546
    • length: 736 pages
    • dimensions: 231 x 152 x 48 mm
    • weight: 1.099kg
    • contains: 8 b/w illus. 7 maps 7 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Kozo Yamamura
    1. The Kamakura Bakufu Jeffrey P. Mass
    2. Medieval shoen Oyama Kyohei
    3. The decline of the Kamakura bakufu Ishii Susumu
    4. The Muromachi bakufu John Whitney Hall
    5. Muromachi local government: shugo and kokujin Imatani Akira
    6. The decline of the shoen system Nagahara Keiji
    7. The medieval peasant Nagahara Keiji
    8. The growth of commerce in medieval Japan Kozo Yamamura
    9. Japan and East Asia Kawazoe Shoji
    10. Cultural life in medieval Japan H. Paul Varley
    11. The other side of culture in medieval Japan Barbara Ruch
    12. Buddhism in the Kamakura period Osumi Kazuo
    13. Zen and the gozan Martin Collcutt.

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    Kozo Yamamura


    Kozo Yamamura, Jeffrey P. Mass, Oyama Kyohei, Ishii Susumu, John Whitney Hall, Imatani Akira, Nagahara Keiji, Kawazoe Shoji, H. Paul Varley, Barbara Ruch, Osumi Kazuo, Martin Collcutt

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