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

By Kenneth Henshall

Overlaying the complete sweep of eastern heritage, from historical to modern, Henshall explores Japan's huge, immense influence at the sleek global, and the way important it's to envision the prior and tradition of the rustic for you to complete comprehend its achievements and responses. Now in its 3rd version, this booklet is usefully up-to-date and revised.

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

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Meanwhile, in the real world, provincial warriors – the early samurai – were growing ever more powerful. Their power grew in proportion to the loss of power by the central government. A main cause behind this change in the power structure was the continuing increase in private land ownership. 17 Much of this private land was exempt from tax, meaning a serious decrease in taxation revenue for the government. Private land could be acquired in a number of ways, including purchase, but most importantly by the opening up of virgin land.

35 Typically, a high authority does not wield a similarly high degree of actual power, but instead confers legitimacy – often in the form of some title, and often under pressure – on those who do hold actual power and claim to use it in the name of that higher authority. The fact that the higher authority is the guarantor of the power-holder’s legitimacy gives the higher authority too a certain guarantee of protection. The recipient of legitimacy may in turn confer legitimacy on those below them, and so on.

In effect, she controlled the government, and became popularly known as the ‘nun-sho ¯ gun’ (ama sho ¯ gun, a reference to her having taking nun’s vows on Yoritomo’s death). One of the devices used by Masako was the institution of a sho ¯ gunal regent. This reduced the position of sho ¯ gun to a nominal one, with manipulable court nobles generally being appointed as sho ¯ gun and real control being exercised by the Ho ¯ jo ¯. 1183–98). Go-Toba had memories of the Genpei War when he had been installed as an infant emperor after Antoku’s death, and had long opposed the Minamoto and Ho ¯ jo ¯ .

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