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Japan to 1600: A Social and Economic History

William Wayne Farris


This book surveys Japanese historical development from the first evidence of human habitation in the archipelago to the consolidation of political power under the Tokugawa shogunate at the beginning of the seventeenth century. Its focus is on developments that impacted all social classes rather than the privileged and powerful few. The book weaves together major economic and social themes. It focuses on continuity and change in social and economic structures and experiences, but it by no means ignores the political and cultural. Most chapters begin with an outline of political developments, an ... More

Keywords: farming, Japan, Tokugawa shogunate, social classes, agriculture, commercial economy, demographics, servants, outcasts, slaves

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780824833251
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824833251.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Wayne Farris, author
University of Hawai'i at Manoa