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This is the fourth of six volumes designed to explore the history of Japan from prehistoric to modern times. Volume 4 covers the years from 1550 to 1800, a short but surprisingly eventful period in Japanese history commonly referred to as Japan's Early Modern Age. At the start, in the sixteenth century, much of the country was being pulled apart by local military lords engaged in a struggle for land and local hegemony. These daimyo succeeded in dividing Japan into nearly autonomous regional domains. This volume attempts to flesh out the historical tale with insights into the way that people lived and worked. It examines the relationship between peasant and local lord, and between the lord, as a unit of local government, and the emerging shogunate. It offers insights into the evolution of indigenous thought and religion and it also deals with Japan's foreign relations, particularly the impact of the Christian missionary movement
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Introduction / John Whitney Hall -- The sixteenth-century unification / Asao Naohiro and Bernard Susser -- The social and economic consequences of unification / Wakita Samu and James L. Mcclain -- The bakuhan system / John Whitney Hall -- The han / Harold Bolitho -- The inseparable trinity: Japan's relations with China and Korea / Jurgis Elisonas -- Christianity and the daimyo / Jurgis Elisonas -- Thought and religion: 1550-1700 / Bitō Masahide and Kate Wildman Nakai -- Politics in the eighteenth century / Tsuji Tatsuya and Harold Bolitho -- The village and agriculture during the Edo period / Furushima Toshio and James L. Mcclain -- Commercial change and urban growth in early modern Japan / Nakai Nobuhiko and James L. McClain -- History and nature in eighteenth-century Tokugawa thought / Tetsuo Najita -- Tokugawa society: material culture, standard of living, and life-styles / Susan B. Hanley -- Popular culture / Donald H. Shively..