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Routledge Handbook of Premodern Japanese History

Edited by: Karl F. Friday

Print publication date:  June  2017
Online publication date:  July  2017

Print ISBN: 9780415707022
eBook ISBN: 9781315170473
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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 J?mon, 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

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Geography in history and history in geography Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Climate and environment in history Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Classical Japan and the continent Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Jōmon and Yayoi Download PDF
Chapter  5:  The Kofun era and early state formation Download PDF
Chapter  6:  The ritsuryō state Download PDF
Chapter  7:  From classical to medieval? Download PDF
Chapter  8:  The court and its provinces Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Court and countryside 1200–1600 Download PDF
Chapter  10:  The imperial court in medieval Japan Download PDF
Chapter  11:  The sixteenth century Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Religion in archaic Japan Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Gender and family in the archaic and classical ages Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Heian-kyō Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Religion in Nara and Heian Japan Download PDF
Chapter  16:  The historical demography of Japan to 1700 Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Village and rural life in medieval Japan Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Family, women, and gender in medieval society Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Outcasts and marginals in medieval Japan Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Medieval warriors and warfare Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Religion in medieval Japan Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Coins and commerce in classical Japan Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Knowledge of nature and craft Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Agriculture and food production Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Commerce and towns in medieval Japan Download PDF
Index Download PDF

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