Voices of Early Modern Japan: Contemporary Accounts of Daily Life During the Age of the Shoguns (Voices of an Era)

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Voices of Early Modern Japan: Contemporary Accounts of Daily Life during the Age of the ShogunS≪/i> 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.
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ISBN-13: 9780313392009
ISBN-10: 0313392005
Pagini: 273
Ilustrații: 8
Dimensiuni: 216 x 279 x 25 mm
Greutate: 1.11 kg
Editura: Greenwood
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Constantine Nomikos Vaporis is professor of history and founding director of the Asian Studies program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Vaporis is the author of Breaking Barriers: Travel and the State in Early Modern Japan; Tour of Duty: Samurai, Military Service in Edo, and the Culture of Early Modern Japan; and Nihonjin to sankin kôtai [The Japanese and Alternate Attendance].


"Constantine Nomikos Vaporis'…is one of the top five historians of the Tokugawa period writing in the Western world, whose special expertise in social history is evident. But, the work is extremely well-balanced; it equally covers the period's political, economic, cultural, intellectual, and diplomatic dimensions as well. Moreover, it masterfully conveys how historians use primary documents and why this skill is important for uncovering the texture of life in a society remote from us in time and space. Vaporis does all of this in accessibly clear, plain language. As such, his book belongs not only on the reference shelves of public libraries, but also should be required reading in university-level introductory surveys of early-modern Japanese history. Even seasoned specialists in the field will find gems of new information here and there within the book's covers."
Bob Tadashi Wakabayashi, York University

"The best source reader yet produced in this field…Vaporis' bold choice of sources accurately represents the broadness and plurality of Tokugawa society. His commentaries and explanations are written from the perspective of the latest historiography. The wide range of historical sources presented…makes this book far superior to Sources of Japanese Tradition, and should ensure that it replaces it as the standard source book for the undergraduate teaching of pre-1868 Japanese history."
Dr. Kiri Paramore, Leiden University

"Filled with unusual and heretofore little known documents that bring us close to the lived experience of 17th through early 19th centuries Japan, this volume deserves to be widely used in the classroom to provide students with glimpses of another world."
Anne Walthall, University of California, Irvine