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Cultivating Commons: Joint Ownership of Arable Land in Early Modern Japan

Philip C. Brown


This book challenges the common understanding of Japanese economic and social history by uncovering diverse landholding practices in early modern Japan. It argues that it was joint landownership of arable land that characterized a few large areas of Japan in the early modern period and even survived in some places down to the late twentieth century. The practice adapted to changing political and economic circumstances and was compatible with increasing farm involvement in the market. Land rights were the product of villages and, to some degree, daimyo policies. Joint ownership structured a num ... More

Keywords: Japanese economic history, Japanese social history, early modern Japan, joint ownership, landholding, arable land, Japanese agriculture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780824833923
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824833923.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip C. Brown, author
Ohio State University