Japan Emerging: Premodern History to 1850 by Karl F. FridayJapan Emerging: Premodern History to 1850 by Karl F. Friday

Japan Emerging: Premodern History to 1850

EditorKarl F. Friday

Paperback | March 6, 2012

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Japan Emergingprovides a comprehensive survey of Japan from prehistory to the nineteenth century. Incorporating the latest scholarship and methodology, leading authorities writing specifically for this volume outline and explore the main developments in Japanese life through ancient, classical, medieval, and early modern periods. Instead of relying solely on lists of dates and prominent names, the authors focus onwhyandhowJapanese political, social, economic, and intellectual life evolved. Each part begins with a timeline and a set of guiding questions and issues to help orient readers and enhance continuity. Engaging, thorough, and accessible, this is an essential text for all students and scholars of Japanese history.
Karl Fridayis the director of the IES Abroad Tokyo Center. His books includeSamurai, Warfare and the State in Early Medieval JapanandThe First Samurai: The Life and Legend of the Warrior Rebel Taira Masakado
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Title:Japan Emerging: Premodern History to 1850Format:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:March 6, 2012Publisher:Avalon PublishingLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

– Part I –
LANDMARKS, ERAS, AND APPELLATION IN JAPANESE HISTORY
1 Japan’s Natural Setting, Gina L. Barnes
2 Sorting the Past, Karl F. Friday
3 Defining “Ancient” and “Classical,” Joan R. Piggott
4 Defining “Medieval,” Andrew Edmund Goble
5 Defining “Early Modern,” Mary Elizabeth Berry

– Part II –
IMMIGRANTS, CHIEFTAINS, AND KINGS IN ANCIENT TIMES
Timeline
6 Origins of the Japanese People, C. Melvin Aikens
7 What Used to Be Called Shinto: The Question of Japan’s Indigenous Religion, Mark Teeuwen
8 The Emergence of Political Rulership and the State in Early Japan, Gina L. Barnes
9 Early Japan and the Continent, Bruce L. Batten
10 Centralization and State Formation in Sixth- and Seventh-Century Japan, Douglas Fuqua

– Part III –
COURT, CAPITAL, AND COUNTRYSIDE IN THE CLASSICAL AGE
Timeline
11 Emperor, Aristocracy, and the Ritsuryo State: Court Politics in Nara, Ross Bender
12 Oligarchy, Shared Rulership, and Power Blocs, Mikael S. Adolphson
13 Aristocratic Buddhism, Mikael S. Adolphson
14 The Canons of Courtly Taste, Robert Borgen and Joseph T. Sorensen
15 The Provinces and the Public Economy, 700–1100, Charlotte von Verschuer
16 The Shoen System, Ethan Segal
17 The Dawn of the Samurai, Karl F. Friday
18 The Kamakura Shogunate and the Beginnings of Warrior Power, Andrew Edmund Goble

– Part IV –
DEMESNE, DOMINION, AND DIFFUSION IN THE MEDIEVAL AGE
Timeline
19 Kamakura and the Challenges of Governance, Ethan Segal
20 Go-Daigo, Takauji, and the Muromachi Shogunate, Andrew Edmund Goble
21 Medieval Religion, William M. Bodiford
22 Warriors, Warlords, and Domains, David Eason
23 Medieval Warfare, Thomas D. Conlan
24 Medieval Arts and Aesthetics, Linda H. Chance
25 Gender Relations in the Age of Violence, Hitomi Tonomura
26 The Rise of the Peasantry, Thomas Keirstead
27 The Medieval Economy, Ethan Segal
28 Diplomacy, Piracy, and the Space Between: Japan and East Asia in the Medieval Period, Michael Laver

– Part V –
BUREAUCRATS, BURGHERS, AND BAILIWICKS IN THE EARLY MODERN AGE
Timeline
29 The Sixteenth-Century Reunification, Lee Butler
30 The Political Order, Philip Brown
31 A Whole New World (Order): Early Modern Japanese Foreign Relations, 1550–1850, Michael Laver
32 The New Warriors: Samurai in Early Modern Japan, Denis Gainty
33 Urbanization, Trade, and Merchants, David L. Howell
34 Ukiyo asobi: Urban Arts and Entertainments in Early Modern Japan, Frank Chance
35 Religion in Early Modern Japan, Barbara Ambros
36 Peace Dividend: Agrarian Developments in Tokugawa Japan, Anne Walthall
37 Family, Gender, and Sex in Early Modern Japan, Denis Gainty
38 Thought, Education, and Popular Literacies in Early Modern Japan, Richard Rubinger

Editorial Reviews

"A fresh look at the early history of the archipelago, thoughtfully balanced and encompassing a wide range of scholarly voices. The format is an appealing cross between textbook and course-reader, with dozens of clear, concise thematic essays. Crisp writing and up-to-date treatment of topics like gender, commerce, war, and faith make this a compelling choice."—Kären Wigen, Professor of History, Stanford University"Japan Emerging is a greatly welcomed textbook for students who are studying early Japanese history for the first time, as well as for those who wish to further pursue their interests in the field. The contributions from leading experts in the field address some of the most critical and fundamental issues of premodern Japan, beginning with the definitions of “ancient,” “medieval,” and “early modern,” and topics ranging from political, economic, and social development of each respective period, to religion, arts and literature, and gender. The thirty-eight highly readable and insightful essays are accompanied by a comprehensive bibliography of English-language scholarship and detailed timelines that provide a chronological overview of each period. The volume should not only introduce students to the subject, but also guide and encourages them to explore deeper into the history of Japan."—Haruko Wakabayashi, Visiting Faculty, Princeton University