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1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Premodern Japanese History

ISBN 9780415707022
Published June 22, 2017 by Routledge
418 Pages - 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Scholarship on premodern Japan has grown spectacularly over the past four decades, in terms of both sophistication and volume. A new approach has developed, marked by a higher reliance on primary documents, a shift away from the history of elites to broader explorations of social structures, and a re-examination of many key assumptions. As a result, the picture of the early Japanese past now taught by specialists differs radically from the one that was current in the mid-twentieth century.

This handbook offers a comprehensive historiographical review of Japanese history up until the 1500s. Featuring chapters by leading historians and covering the early Jōmon, Yayoi, Kofun, Nara, and Heian eras, as well as the later medieval periods, each section provides a foundational grasp of the major themes in premodern Japan. The sections will include:

  • Geography and the environment
  • Political events and institutions
  • Society and culture
  • Economy and technology

The Routledge Handbook of Premodern Japanese History is an essential reference work for students and scholars of Japanese, Asian, and World History.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Karl F. Friday

Part I. Geography and the Environment

1.Geography in History and History in Geography, Fujita Hirotsugu, translated by David Eason

2. Climate and Environment in History, Bruce L .Batten

3: Classical Japan and the Continent, Douglas S. Fuqua

Part II. Political Events and Institutions

4. The Jōmon and Yayoi: Premodern to Hypermodern, Simon Kaner

5. The Kofun Era and Early State Formation, Ken’ichi Sasaki

6. The Ritsuryō State, Sakaue Yasutoshi, with Kristopher L. Reeves

7. From Classical to Medieval? Ōchō Kokka, Kenmon Taisei, and the Heian Court, Mikael S. Adolphson

8. The Court and Its Provinces: Producing and Distributing Wealth in Classical Society, 700–1200, Detlev Taranczewski

9. Court and Countryside 1200-1600: The Articulation of Local Autonomy, Peter D. Shapinsky

10. The Imperial Court in Medieval Japan, Lee Butler

11. The Sixteenth Century: Identifying a New Group of "Unifiers" & Reevaluating the Myth of "Reunification", Jeffrey Yoshio Kurashige

Part III. Society and Culture

12. Religion in Archaic Japan, William E. Deal

13. Gender and Family in the Archaic and Classical Ages, Ijūin Yōko, with Sachiko Kawai

14. Heian-kyō: from Royal Center to Metropole, Joan R. Piggott

15. Religion in Nara and Heian Japan, Mikaël Bauer

16. The Historical Demography of Japan to 1700, William Wayne Farris

17. Village and Rural Life in Medieval Japan, Pierre F. Souyri

18. Family, Women, and Gender in Medieval Society, Hitomi Tonomura

19. Outcasts and Marginals In Medieval Japan, Janet R. Goodwin

20. Medieval Warriors and Warfare, Kawai Yasushi, with Karl F. Friday

21. Religion in Medieval Japan, Brian Ruppert

Part IV. Economy and Technology

22. Coins and Commerce in Classical Japan, Mikami Yoshitaka, with Joshua Batts

23. Knowledge of Nature and Craft: Researching the History of Science, Mathematics, and Technology in Japan before 1600, Kristina Buhrman

24. Agriculture and Food Production, Charlotte von Verschuer

25. Commerce and Towns in Medieval Japan, Suzanne Gay

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Karl F. Friday is Professor in the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Saitama University and Professor Emeritus at the University of Georgia, USA.