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The World Turned Upside Down: Medieval Japanese Society (Asia Perspectives: History, Society, and Culture)

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This unique synthetic history of Japan's "middle ages" is a remarkable portrait of a complex period in the evolution of Japan. Using a wide variety of sources — ranging from legal and historical texts to artistic and literary examples — to form a detailed overview of medieval Japanese society, Souyri demonstrates the interconnected nature of medieval Japanese culture while providing an animated account of the era's religious, intellectual, and literary practices.

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In the late twelfth century, Japanese people called the transitional period in which they were living the age of warriors. Feudal clans fought civil wars, and warriors from the Kanto Plain rose up to restore the military regime of their shogun, Yoritomo. The whole of this intermediary period came to represent a gap between two stable societies: the ancient period, dominated by the imperial court in Heian (today's Kyoto), and the modern period, dominated by the Tokugawa bakufu based in Edo (today's Tokyo).

In this remarkable portrait of a complex period in the evolution of Japan, Pierre F. Souyri uses a wide variety of sources — ranging from legal and historical texts to artistic and literary examples — to form a magisterial overview of medieval Japanese society. As much at home discussing the implications of the morality and mentality of The Tale of the Heike as he is describing local disputes among minor vassals or the economic implications of the pirate trade, Souyri brilliantly illustrates the interconnected nature of medieval Japanese culture.

The Middle Ages was a decisive time in Japan's history because it confirmed the country's national identity. New forms of cultural expression, such as poetry, theater, garden design, the tea ceremony, flower arranging, and illustrated scrolls, conveyed a unique sensibility — sometimes in opposition to the earlier Chinese models followed by the old nobility. The World Turned Upside Down provides an animated account of the religious, intellectual, and literary practices of medieval Japan in order to reveal the era's own notable cultural creativity and enormous economic potential.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780231118422
Translator:
Roth, Kathe
Author:
Roth, Kathe
Author:
Souyri, Pierre Francois
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
History
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
Asia - General
Subject:
Asia - Japan
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Japan History 1185-1600.
Subject:
World History-Japan
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Asia Perspectives: History, Society, and Culture
Series Volume:
no. 135
Publication Date:
20010931
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.24x6.36x.89 in. 1.18 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In the late twelfth century, Japanese people called the transitional period in which they were living the age of warriors. Feudal clans fought civil wars, and warriors from the Kanto Plain rose up to restore the military regime of their shogun, Yoritomo. The whole of this intermediary period came to represent a gap between two stable societies: the ancient period, dominated by the imperial court in Heian (today's Kyoto), and the modern period, dominated by the Tokugawa bakufu based in Edo (today's Tokyo).

In this remarkable portrait of a complex period in the evolution of Japan, Pierre F. Souyri uses a wide variety of sources — ranging from legal and historical texts to artistic and literary examples — to form a magisterial overview of medieval Japanese society. As much at home discussing the implications of the morality and mentality of The Tale of the Heike as he is describing local disputes among minor vassals or the economic implications of the pirate trade, Souyri brilliantly illustrates the interconnected nature of medieval Japanese culture.

The Middle Ages was a decisive time in Japan's history because it confirmed the country's national identity. New forms of cultural expression, such as poetry, theater, garden design, the tea ceremony, flower arranging, and illustrated scrolls, conveyed a unique sensibility — sometimes in opposition to the earlier Chinese models followed by the old nobility. The World Turned Upside Down provides an animated account of the religious, intellectual, and literary practices of medieval Japan in order to reveal the era's own notable cultural creativity and enormous economic potential.

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