A History of Japan: From Stone Age to Superpower (2nd by Kenneth G. Henshall

By Kenneth G. Henshall

In a unprecedented blend of finished insurance and sustained severe concentration, this e-book examines eastern historical past in its entirety to spot the criteria underlying the nation's development to superpower prestige. Japan's success is defined now not only in financial phrases, yet at a extra basic point, as a manufactured from ancient styles of reaction to condition. Japan is proven to be a state traditionally impelled by means of a practical selection to be triumphant. The publication additionally highlights unresolved questions and little-known facts.

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14 This was ironic, for the period was the heyday of the ritsuryo system, which was meant to spread central imperial authority throughout the land. 781–806) was particularly unhappy in Nara, and in 784 he decided it was time to move the capital again. No-one quite knows why. He may have felt oppressed by the increasing number of powerful Buddhist temples in the city. Or, since there had been so many disasters in recent times, he may simply have felt it was ill-fated. In any event, he left in a hurry.

2 Key values and practices in the ancient period ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● avoidance of moral judgements as to good or evil pragmatic behaviour particularised to the situation rather than based on universal principles incorporation of potential threat adoption of the strong points of others desire to make Japan a strong and respected nation willingness to learn preference for ranking and hierarchy practical approach to religion Many matters are still unclear, such as the nature and scale and date of Yayoi immigration.

Within weeks another powerful young general of Minamoto descent, Nitta Yoshisada (1301–38), also rebelled against the shogunate and destroyed its base at Kamakura. A new era was nigh. 4 A Nation at War with Itself: The Muromachi Period (1333–1568) In 1333 Go-Daigo returned to Kyoto, supported by Ashikaga Takauji and Nitta Yoshisada. He hoped to re-establish direct imperial rule. However, this attempt was to prove short-lived, for he soon lost Takauji's support. Takauji wanted to be granted the title of shogun.

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