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1st Edition

Hagi - A Feudal Capital in Tokugawa Japan

ISBN 9780367728342
Published December 18, 2020 by Routledge
216 Pages

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Book Description

The western Japanese city of Hagi is the town in Japan which has preserved the greatest level of Tokugawa period (1600-1868) urban and architectural fabric. As such it is a major tourist destination for both Japanese and non-Japanese visitors. The city is also very important historically in that it was the capital of the feudal daimyo domain – Chōshū – which spearheaded the reform movement from the 1850s onwards which led to the overthrow of the Tokugawa shogunate and the foundation of Japan in its modern form. This book, rich in detail and very well illustrated, is both an urban and social history of this important town. It outlines the development of the layout of the city and its castle, relates this to the history of its lords, the Mōri family, and their place in Japanese history; and sets Hagi in the context of the wider Chōshū domain. The book includes a discussion of contemporary arrangements aimed at preserving Hagi’s historical heritage.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Genesis of the Mōri family

Chapter 2 The Site and its Setting

Chapter 3 The Precedent of Ōsaka

Chapter 4 The Construction of the Castle

Chapter 5 Reclaiming the Site: the Struggle with Water

Chapter 6 Laying Out the Town

Chapter 7 The Road Systems

Chapter 8 Land Use in Hagi

Chapter 9 The Social Organisation of the Chōshū domain

Chapter 10 The National Regulation of Architecture

Chapter 11 The Regulation of Architecture in the Chōshū domain


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Peter Armstrong is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning at Sydney University