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A History of Japan, 1334-1615 by George Sansom

By George Sansom

This is a simple narrative of the advance of eastern civilization from 1334 to 1615 by means of the writer of Japan: a quick Cultural History. whereas whole in itself, it's also the 1st quantity of a three-volume paintings with the intention to be the 1st large-scale, complete background of Japan.

Taken as an entire, the projected historical past represents the fruits of the lifestyles paintings of might be the main distinctive historian now writing on Japan. not like the well known Short Cultural History, it truly is involved almost always with political and social phenomena and basically by the way touches on faith, literature, and the humanities. The therapy is basically descriptive and real, however the writer bargains a few pragmatic interpretations and indicates comparisons with the heritage of alternative peoples.

A historical past of Japan: 1334-1615 describes the expansion of a brand new feudal hierarchy, the ebb and move of civil warfare, the increase and fall of serious households, and the advance amidst severe political ailment of outstanding new beneficial properties in institutional and monetary existence. this can be the interval of increasing relatives with different elements of Asia and of the arriving of investors and missionaries from ecu countries—the first touch of Japan with the West. the amount ends with an account of the abortive invasion of Korea and the final outburst of the civil conflict that used to be terminated in 1615 by means of the victory of the 1st of the Tokugawa Shoguns, Ieyasu.

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But it is worth while to notice some of his actions which concerned the ownership of land, for even failures are instructive. W hen he returned from exile he first stayed briefly in the Toji, an ancient and powerful Shingon monastery on the southern edge of the city. H e then moved to a mansion known as the Tominokoji palace, from its position at the intersection of Nijo (Second Avenue) and Tominokoji (Fortune L an e). It had been repaired and enlarged for him. There he at once devoted his attention to the property of the senior line, which included the estates of Go-Fushimi, Hanazono, and Fushimi.

It was also to incorporate troops composing the Oban, or Great W atch, that is to say the warriors on the roster to protect the Home Provinces and safeguard the Throne. This division was to advance southward through Yamato in the direction of Yoshino. The third division, under Nagoshi, was to take in levies from Owari, Echizen, and other provinces, eleven in all, and to attack along the Kii road. The three divisions were ordered by the Bakufu to coordinate their movements, and they were assured that successes in the field would be richly rewarded.

T o be sure, they did not prove that the country was in favour of restoring direct imperial rule, but were rather expressions of dislike or envy of the Hojo domi­ nation of feudal society. They were enough, however, to encourage the Court party to plan the escape of Go-Daigo from his place of ban­ ishment on Oki. The time was not yet ripe for decided action, since it was necessary to make sure that if he returned to the mainland the loyalists would have enough military strength to take him to the capital and protect him there.

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