A History of Japan: From Stone Age to Superpower (3rd by Kenneth Henshall

By Kenneth Henshall

Masking the whole sweep of eastern historical past, from historical to modern, Henshall explores Japan's huge, immense influence at the sleek global, and the way important it truly is to envision the earlier and tradition of the rustic so as to complete comprehend its achievements and responses. Now in its 3rd version, this ebook is usefully up to date and revised.

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Kenneth Henshall is Professor within the college of Languages and Cultures on the college of Canterbury, New Zealand. He has released greater than a dozen books in a variety of fields. past variants of A background of Japan were translated into a number of languages, and he has lately written on eastern heritage for Lonely Planet.

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As with the pyramids in ancient Egypt, huge tombs were erected. In Japan’s case they were usually raised mounds (kofun) surrounded by hollow clay figurines known as haniwa (‘clay rings’). The haniwa are rather mysterious, but seem to have been a combination of tomb markers and status objects. There were also objects inside the tomb, probably for the afterlife. Many of these too were status objects, but it was not all a case of mere ostentation. 38 The burial mounds are convenient physical symbols of this period.

4 A Nation at War with Itself: The Muromachi Period (1333–1568) In 1333 Go-Daigo returned to Kyo ¯ to, 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 sho ¯ gun. 47 Thwarted, Takauji turned his back on Go-Daigo’s central government, pointedly preferring to remain in the east after he had returned to Kamakura to put down a brief revival of Ho ¯ jo ¯ support.

The most important feature of the era, however, is the emergence of the Yamato state, named after its power-base at Yamato in the Nara Basin. The pre-eminence of Yamato forms the substance of the Kojiki and Nihon Shoki accounts. qxd 16 3/2/12 2:41 PM Page 16 A History of Japan the actual process, other than a triumph over a rival power-base at Izumo by what appears to have been negotiation. Dates are also unreliable. Most experts now believe the first verifiable emperor was Su ¯ jin. The Nihon Shoki lists him as the tenth emperor and gives his death as equivalent to 30 BC, whereas the Kojiki gives it as AD 258.

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