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Performing the Great Peace: Political Space and Open Secrets in Tokugawa Japan

Luke S. Roberts


This book offers a cultural approach to understanding the politics of the Tokugawa period, at the same time deconstructing some of the assumptions of modern national historiographies. Deploying the political terms uchi (inside), omote (ritual interface), and naisho (informal negotiation)–all commonly used in the Tokugawa period—the book explores how daimyo and the Tokugawa government understood political relations and managed politics in terms of spatial autonomy, ritual submission, and informal negotiation. It suggests as well that a layered hierarchy of omote and uchi relations strongly infl ... More

Keywords: Tokugawa politics, daimyo, Tokugawa government, political relations, inheritance, court system, boundary dispute

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780824835132
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824835132.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Luke S. Roberts, author
University of California at Santa Barbara