Constantine Nomikos Vaporis.
Greenwood Press,2012. 254 pages.
Voices of Early Modern Japan: Contemporary Accounts of Daily Life during the Age of the Shoguns spans an extraordinary period of Japanese history, ranging from the unification of the warring states under Tokugawa Ieyasu in the early 17th century to the overthrow of the shogunate just prior to the mid-19th century opening of Japan by the West.
Through close examinations of sources from a time known as “The Great Peace,” this fascinating volume offers fresh insights into the Tokugawa era–its political institutions, rigid class hierarchy, artistic and material culture, religious life, and more. Sources come from all levels of Japanese society, everything from government documents and household records to personal correspondence and diaries, all carefully translated and examined in light of the latest scholarship.
* 60 original documents, divided into 42 thematic sections
* A chronology of Japanese history from roughly a half century before
the beginning of the Tokugawa period until the fall of the
Tokugawa shogunate in 1868, with selected events in world history
* Offers a unique look at the foundations of modern Japan and the
development of Japanese social, political, and cultural
characteristics that resonate today
* Draws on an exceptionally wide range of translated documents,
particularly rich in social and economic history
* Includes substantial introductory and explanatory materials, making
the documents accessible to teachers and students alike
Introduction: The Shogun’s Japan
How to Evaluate Primary Documents
Documents of The shogun’s japan
The Domestic Sphere
The Political Sphere
Social and Economic Life
Religion and Though
Appendix 1: Biographical Sketches of Important Individuals Mentioned in Text
Appendix 2: Glossary of Terms Mentioned in Text
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