The Bakufu in Japanese history /
edited by Jeffrey P. Mass and William B. Hauser.
Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1985.
xvi, 264 p. : 1 ill.
0804712786 (alk. paper) :
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Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1985.
0804712786 (alk. paper) :
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. [199]-247.
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Appeared in Choice on 1986-06:
A collection of studies on the bakufu (military government) from the Kamakura to Tokugawa years. The studies (a festschrift for John W. Hall of Yale) are based on the premise that administrative continuities characterize several stages of bakufu history. Common themes are ``problems of bureaucratic procedure and arbitrary power, and central power vs. local power.'' Mass (Stanford) discusses the evolution of the term ``bakufu'' itself and raises intriguing questions about the ``unknown'' aspects of Kamakura bakufu. The other studies also shed light on such issues as the continued influence of the court and religious circles in Kamakura and Muromachi bakufu, the methods used by the ruling powers to extend and sustain their authority over provincial forces by relying on regional officials, guardsmen vassals, and fortified castles. The last article by Bolitho (Harvard) challenges the traditional view that Abe Masahiro, senior councilor of the Tokugawa bakufu in its closing years, dealt skillfully with the crisis facing the shogunate and concludes that in fact his measures were largely ineffective and weakened the bakufu. These scholars demonstrate the advanced level that US scholarship on medieval Japan has attained. The small print, squeezed in tightly, makes for slow reading. For advanced students and scholars.-M. Hane, Knox College
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Table of Contents
Contributorsp. xi
Forewordp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
What Can We Not Know about the Kamakura Bakufu?p. 13
The Kamakura Bakufu and Its Officialsp. 31
Muromachi Bakufu Rule in Kyoto: Administrative and Judicial Aspectsp. 49
Regional Outposts of Muromachi Bakufu Rule: The Kanto and Kyushup. 66
The Provincial Vassals of the Muromachi Shogunsp. 99
The Toyotomi Regime and the Daimyop. 129
Osaka Castle and Tokugawa Authority in Western Japanp. 153
Abe Masahiro and the New Japanp. 173
Afterwordp. 189
Notesp. 199
Indexp. 249
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