1st Edition

State Formation in Japan Emergence of a 4th-Century Ruling Elite

By Gina Barnes Copyright 2007
    284 Pages
    by Routledge

    288 Pages 44 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume brings together for the first time a significant body of Professor Barnes' scholarly writing on Japanese early state formation, brought together so that successive topics form a coherent overview of the problems and solutions of ancient Japan. The writings are, in some cases, the only studies of these topics available in English and they differ from the majority of other articles on the subject in being anthropological rather than cultural or historical in nature.

    1. Orientation  2. Theoretical Approaches  3. Edge of Empire: Yayoi Interaction with the Continent (1st Century BC to Mid-3rd Century AD)  4. From Yamatai to Yamato (3rd Century)  5. Hashihaka and Mounded Burials (3rd Century)  6. Early Kofun Polities (Mid-3rd to Mid- 4th Centuries)  7. Prestige Goods and Class Identity (Mid-3rd to Mid-4th Centuries)  8. The Miwa Court and Cult (Late 3rd to Mid-4th Century).  Epilogue.  Appendix 1: The Chinese Court Chronicles.  Appendix 2: The Japanese Court Chronicles.  Glossary and Character List


    Gina L. Barnes is Professorial Research Associate at the Japan Research Centre and Department of Art and Archaeology, SOAS, University of London. She is the author of Protohistoric Yamato (1988), State Formation in Korea (2001), and The Rise of Civilization in East Asia (1993/1999) which is used worldwide as the main textbook in the field. She is Founder and First President of the Society for East Asian Archaeology and currently serves as Treasurer and Membership Secretary.

    "In this book, Barnes has performed the valiant task of opening discussion on a new field, the Yayoi-Kofun transition.  She has given us an excellent model for interrogating archaeological and textual evidence." - Joan R. Piggott, Journal of Japanese Studies, 35:2 (2009)