A History of Japan, 1582-1941: Internal and External Worlds by L. M. Cullen

By L. M. Cullen

Providing a particular assessment of the pressures liable for the emergence of recent Japan, Louis Cullen rejects the conventional limitations of jap historiography and combines financial, social, and political ways to create a strong research. Cullen studies the japanese adventure of enlargement, social transition, business progress, financial problem and conflict, to offer an island kingdom that may be a transforming into business energy with little conception of its around the world context.

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Japan and its Chinese and European worlds, 1582–1689 25 The story of trade relations on either side of 1600 has to be related to the recent growth – or, more accurately, restoration – of central authority in Japan. 12 To the north of his own power centre in Osaka, Hideyoshi as regent entrusted land and authority to his own foremost lieutenant, Tokugawa Ieyasu, who in turn took over the reins of authority on Toyotomi’s death in 1598. g. the Mori of Choshu were descended from court nobles), families with centuries of local domination behind them (the Shimazu of Satsuma), or mere military upstarts from the Sengoku period.

If he were to force himself on the south, he would face the armies which had constituted the backbone of the Korean invasion forces and who would outnumber his army. Rice represented the ability to keep an army in the field; even a century later, his successors’ territories (tenry¯o and hatamoto lands combined), most of them far from the south, represented only a quarter of the rice output of Japan. These circumstances explain why the control of mining wealth in the boom of the early seventeenth century had been vital to Tokugawa solvency.

Japan and its Chinese and European worlds, 1582–1689 25 The story of trade relations on either side of 1600 has to be related to the recent growth – or, more accurately, restoration – of central authority in Japan. 12 To the north of his own power centre in Osaka, Hideyoshi as regent entrusted land and authority to his own foremost lieutenant, Tokugawa Ieyasu, who in turn took over the reins of authority on Toyotomi’s death in 1598. g. the Mori of Choshu were descended from court nobles), families with centuries of local domination behind them (the Shimazu of Satsuma), or mere military upstarts from the Sengoku period.

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