Hagi - A Feudal Capital in Tokugawa Japan: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Hagi - A Feudal Capital in Tokugawa Japan

1st Edition

By Peter Armstrong


224 pages

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Hardback: 9781138477292
pub: 2019-06-21
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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 – Choshu – 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 Mori family, and their place in Japanese history, and sets Hagi in the context of the wider Choshu 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

Chapter 2 The Setting of the Town

Chapter 3 The Precedent of Ōsaka

Chapter 4 The Construction of the Castle

Chapter 5 Reclaiming the Site

Chapter 6 Laying Out the Town

Chapter 7 Road Systems

Chapter 8 Land Use

Chapter 9 Social Organisation

Chapter 10 The National Regulation of Architecture

Chapter 11 The Regulation of Architecture in the Chōshū Domain


About the Author

Peter Armstrong is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Architecture at Sydney University

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries Asia has undergone immense and far reaching changes: war, revolution, occupation, industrialization. This series includes in-depth research on aspects of economic, political and social history of individual countries as well as more broad-reaching analyses of regional issues.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies