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Imperial Politics and Symbolics in Ancient Japan – The Tenmu Dynasty, 650-800 - Hawaii Scholarship Online
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Imperial Politics and Symbolics in Ancient Japan: The Tenmu Dynasty, 650-800

Herman Ooms


This book offers a new understanding of a formative stage in the development of the Japanese state. The late seventh and eighth centuries were a time of momentous change in Japan, much of it brought about by the short-lived Tenmu Dynasty. Two new capital cities, a bureaucratic state led by an imperial ruler, and Chinese-style law codes were just a few of the innovations instituted by the new regime. This book presents an examination of the power struggles, symbolic manipulations, new mythological constructs, and historical revisions that both defined and propelled these changes. It draws on si ... More

Keywords: Japan, Tenmu Dynasty, power struggle, politics, symbolics, Japanese history, Daoism, immigrants, bloodshed

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780824832353
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824832353.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Herman Ooms, author
University of California, Los Angeles.

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