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The Tokugawa World

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September 21, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
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Book Description

With over 60 contributions, The Tokugawa World presents the latest scholarship on early modern Japan from an international team of specialists in a volume that is unmatched in its breadth and scope.

In its early modern period, under the Tokugawa shoguns, Japan was a world apart. For over two centuries the shogun’s subjects were forbidden to travel abroad and few outsiders were admitted. Yet in this period Japan evolved as a nascent capitalist society that could rapidly adjust to its incorporation into the world system after its forced "opening" in the 1850s. The Tokugawa World demonstrates how Japan’s early modern society took shape and evolved: a world of low and high cultures, comic books and Confucian academies, soba restaurants and imperial music recitals, rigid enforcement of social hierarchy yet also ongoing resistance to class oppression. A world of outcasts, puppeteers, herbal doctors, samurai officials, businesswomen, scientists, scholars, blind lutenists, peasant rebels, tea-masters, sumo wrestlers and wage workers.

Covering a variety of features of the Tokugawa world including the physical landscape, economy, art and literature, religion and thought, and education and science, this volume is essential reading for all students and scholars of early modern Japan.

Table of Contents


          Part I: National Reunification, 1563-1603

  1. The Three Unifiers of the Empire (Tenka): Nobunaga (1534-82), Hideyoshi (1536-98) and Ieyasu (1543-1616) 
  2. Fujita Tatsuo

  3. Japan’s Invasions of Korea in 1592-98 and the Hideyoshi Regime
  4. Nam-Lin Hur

  5. The Life and Afterlife of Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616)
  6. Morgan Pitelka

    Part II: The Physical Landscape

  7. Water Management in Tokugawa Japan
  8. Murata Michihito 

  9. The King Yu Legend and Flood Control in Tokugawa Japan
  10. Wang Min

  11. Earthquakes in Historical Context
  12. Gregory Smits

  13. The Centre of the Shogun’s Realm: Building Nihonbashi
  14. Timon Screech

    Part III: Tokugawa Society 

  15. The Samurai in Tokugawa Japan
  16. Constantine Vaporis

  17. Villages and Farmers in the Tokugawa Period
  18. Watanabe Takashi

  19. Popular Movements in the Edo Period: Peasants, Peasant Uprisings, and the Development of Lawful Petitions
  20. Taniyama Masamichi

  21. Coastal Whaling and Its Impact on Early Modern Japan
  22. Jakobina Arch

  23. Outcastes and Their Social Roles in Tokugawa Japan
  24. Maren Ehlers

    Part IV: Family, Gender, Sexuality and Reproduction                    

  25. Women in Cities and Towns
  26. Amy Stanley

  27. Childhood in Tokugawa Japan

         Kristin Williams

  1. Growing Small Bodies at the Point of Skin: Young Children’s Bodies and Health in Sacred Skinscape
  2. William Lindsey

    Part V: Tokugawa Economy

  3. Food Fights, But It’s Always for Fun in Early Modern Japan
  4. Eric Rath

  5. The Silk Weavers of Nishijin: Wage-Laborers in the Tokugawa World
  6. Gary P. Leupp

  7. The Marketing of Human Waste and Urban-fringe Agriculture around the Tokugawa Cities
  8. Tajima Kayo

    Part VI: Tokugawa Japan in the World

  9. Japan and the World in Tokugawa Maps
  10. Kären Wigen

  11. Nihonmachi in Southeast Asia in the Late Sixteenth-Early Seventeenth Centuries
  12. Travis Seifman

  13. Rethinking Ezo-chi, the Ainu, and Tokugawa Japan in Global Perspective
  14. Noémy Godefroy

  15. The Opening of the Tokugawa World and Japan’s Foreign Relations: The Visits of Korean Embassies to Japan
  16. Nakao Hiroshi

  17. Early Modern Ryukyu Between China and Japan
  18. Watanabe Miki

  19. Dutch East India Company Relations With Tokugawa Japan
  20. Adam Clulow

  21. The Presence of Black People in Japan During the Edo Perio
  22. Fujita Midori

  23. Seventeenth Century Chinese Émigrés and Sino-Japanese Cultural Exchanges
  24. Shyu Shing-ching

  25. Selective Sakoku? Tantalizing Hints of Japanese in China after the Tokugawa Maritime Prohibition
  26. Xing Hang

  27. Tokugawa Japan and the Rise of Modern Racial Thought in the West
  28. Rotem Kowner

    Part VII: The Performing Arts and Sport

  29. The Musical World of Tokugawa Japan   
  30. Alison Tokita

  31. Visual Disability and Musical Culture in Edo-Period Japan
  32. Gerald Groemer

  33. Tominaga Nakamoto (1715-1746) and Gagaku (Court Music)
  34. Intō Kazuhiro

  35. Staging Senseless Violence: Early Jōruri Puppet Theater and the Culture of Performance
  36. Keller Kimbrough

  37. Rural Kabuki and the Imagination of Japanese Identity in the Late Tokugawa Period
  38. William Fleming

  39. Sumo Wrestling in the Tokugawa Period 
  40. Lee Thompson

    Part VIII: Art and Literature 

  41. Shunga in Tokugawa Society and Culture
  42. Andrew Gerstle

  43. Uses of Shunga and Ukiyoe in the Tokugawa Period
  44. Hayakawa Monta

  45. Two Paths of Love in the Fiction of Ihara Saikaku
  46. David Gundry

  47. Furuta Oribe: Controversial Daimyo Tea Master
  48. Kaminishi Ikumi

  49. Grass Booklets and the Roots of Manga: Comic Books in the Tokugawa Period
  50. Glynne Walley

  51. An Iconology of the Orchid Pavilion Gathering: Image, Text, and Communities in Tokugawa-Era Japan
  52. Kameda-Madar Kazuko

  53. The Folk Worldview of Chronicles of the Eight Dog Heroes of the Satomi Clan of Nansō
  54. Inoue Atsushi

  55. Okakura Kakuzō and the Osaka Painting Schools of the Tokugawa Era
  56. Nakatani Nobuo

  57. The Rise and Fall and Spring of Haiku
  58. Adam L. Kern

    Part IX: Religion and Thought

  59. Christians, Christianity and Kakure Kirishitan in Japan (1549-1868)
  60. Jan Leuchtenberger

  61. Pilgrimage in Tokugawa Japan
  62. Barbara Ambros

  63. Structuring the Canon: Exceptionalism and Kokugaku
  64. Mark McNally

  65. The Image of Susanoo in Hirata Atsutane’s Koshiden
  66. Tajiri Yūichirō

  67. Itō Jinsai and the Origins of Classical Learning (Kogaku)
  68. Tsuchida Kenjirō

  69. Mapping Intellectual History: The Neo-Confucian Schools of Zhu Xi, Wang Yangming, and Ogyū Sorai as Mirrored in Islamic Thought
  70. Kojima Yasunori

  71. Emperor-Centrism and the Historiography of the Mito School
  72. Kojima Tsuyoshi

  73. Heigaku and Bushidō: Military Thought in the Tokugawa World
  74. Maeda Tsutomu

  75. Confucian Views of Life and Death
  76. Takahashi Fumihiro

    Part X: Education and Science

  77. Tokugawa Popular Education
  78. Brian Platt

  79. The Greater Learning for Women and Women’s Moral Education in Tokugawa Japan
  80. Yabuta Yutaka

  81. "Reading" of the Chinese Classics and the History of Thought in the Edo Period 
  82. Nakamura Shunsaku

  83. Health, Disease and Epidemics in Late Tokugawa Japan
  84. William Johnston

  85. Doctors and Herbal Medicine in Tokugawa Japan
  86. Machi Sunjurō

  87. The History of Natural History in Tokugawa Japan
  88. Federico Marcon

  89. Attitudes Toward Celestial Events in Tokugawa Japan
  90. Sugi Takeshi

    Part XI: Epilogue

  91. From Feudalism to Meritocracy?: Growing Demand for Competent and Efficient Government in the Late Tokugawa Period
  92. Matsuda Koichirō

  93. Shōin and Changing Worldviews in the Late Tokugawa Period
  94. Kirihara Kenshin

  95. The Shinsengumi: Shadows and Light in the Last Days of the Tokugawa Shogunate
  96. Kimura Yukihiko

  97. Katsu Kaishū and Yokoi Shōnan: Late Tokugawa Imaginings of a More Democratic Japan
  98. William Steele

  99. Confucian Education in the Formative Years of the Meiji Leaders and Its Modern Implications

         De-min Tao

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Gary P. Leupp is Professor of History, Tufts University, author of Servants, Shophands and Laborers in the Cities of Tokugawa Japan (1989), Male Colors: the Construction of Homosexuality in Tokugawa Japan (1993), Interracial Intimacy: Japanese Women and Western Men, 1543-1900 (2001) and other works on class, gender and ethnicity in Japanese history.

De-min Tao is Professor Emeritus at Kansai University, Japan. His latest publications include When Christianity Met with Confucianism and Shinto: Cultural Interaction about Ritual, Dignity, and Faith (2019), Yoshida ShŌin and Commodore Perry: A Multilingual Study of the 1854 Shimoda Incident (2020), An Alternative Image of NaitŌ Konan: 20 Years of Research about the NaitŌ Collection at Kansai University Library (March 2021).