A Companion to Japanese History by William M. Tsutsui

By William M. Tsutsui

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A spouse to jap History offers an authoritative review of present debates and ways in the examine of Japan’s history.
• Composed of 30 chapters written by means of a world staff of scholars
• Combines conventional views with the newest scholarly concerns
• supplementations a chronological survey with precise thematic analyses
• provides stimulating interventions into person controversies

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Society of Archaeological Studies. Okayama: Ko¯kogaku Kenkyu¯kai, 2004. Walker, Brett L. The Conquest of Ainu Lands: Ecology and Culture in Japanese Expansion, 1590– 1800. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001. Yasuda Yoshinori. Prehistoric Environment in Japan: Palynological Approach. Sendai: Institute of Geography, To¯hoku University, 1978. FURTHER READING The best introduction to the archaeology is Gina L. Barnes, China, Korea and Japan: The Rise of Civilization in East Asia (London: Thames and Hudson, 1993), which brilliantly integrates ancient Japan into the regional context.

18 MARK J. 35 The semi-subterranean pit house was the basic dwelling of the Jo¯mon period but ethnographic parallels suggest these buildings would have only been used in the winter months. A raised-floor structure is also commonly found at Jo¯mon sites; these are usually interpreted as store-houses. Most Jo ¯ mon sites are small clusters of a few pit buildings but many very large sites are also known, especially from the Early and Middle phases. 36 There is no evidence for the use of coastal resources in Paleolithic Japan, although any Late Pleistocene coastal sites would have been flooded by later rises in sea level.

For some reason – not only dearth of sources, but also perhaps the difficulty of deciphering them – the Heian period has not attracted the interest of many historians outside Japan. ) The Transition from Nara to Heian, 784–794 The problem with setting a date for the beginning of Heian is related to the complexity of political problems and capital construction in the late eighth century under Emperor Kammu. Kammu, perhaps the strongest emperor in Japanese history, was fortunate ever to have become sovereign.

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