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Capital and Countryside in Japan, 300-1180: Japanese Historians Interpreted in English

129 Capital and Countryside
Author: 
Joan R. PIGGOTT, editor
Publication Year: 
2005
Publication Number: 
129

This volume, edited by Joan Piggott (University of Southern California, Los Angeles), includes fourteen essays, originally written in Japanese and here interpreted in English. It introduces readers to a broader array of historical and archaeological research on center-periphery relations than has ever before been available to English readers. Each essay has been translated, annotated, and introduced by a specialist who selected it for its invaluable contribution to his or her own work, and who here renders it into English for a non-specialist audience. The book features thirteen newly created maps, and also includes an exhaustive list of sources (including Chinese characters). Together with its readable and well-annotated text, extensive glossary, rich bibliography, and comprehensive index, these combined tools make for a valuable resource to scholars and students interested in premodern Japan.

Researchers whose work has been interpreted include Tsude Hiroshi, Kobayashi Yukio, Hara Hidesaburô, Inoue Tatsuo, Takahashi Tomio, Takeda Sachiko, Hotate Michihisa, Morita Tei, Sasaki Muneo, Toda Yoshimi, Miyazaki Yasumitsu, Motoki Yasuo, Ishimoda Shô, and Koyama Yasunori. Scholar-interpreters include Mikael Adolphson, Michiko Aoki, Bruce Batten, Walter Edwards, Karl Friday, Jan Goodwin, Gustav Heldt, and Joan Piggott. | 496 pages


CONTENTS

Editor’s Introduction  Joan R. Piggott

  1. Tsude Hiroshi: Early State Formation in Japan Introduced and interpreted by Walter Edwards
  2. Kobayashi Yukio: Treatise on Duplicate Mirrors Introduced and interpreted by Walter Edwards
  3. Hara Hidesaburô: Suruga and Tôtômi in the Kofun Age Introduced and interpreted by Joan R. Piggott
  4. Inoue Tatsuo: The Hitachi Fudoki and the Fujiwara Introduced and interpreted by Michiko Aoki
  5. Takahashi Tomio: The Classical Polity and Its Frontier Introduced and interpreted by Karl Friday
  6. Takeda Sachiko: Roads in the Tennô-centered Polity Introduced and interpreted by Joan R. Piggott
  7. Hotate Michihisa: Traffic between Capital and Countryside in Ritsuryô Japan Introduced by Janet R. Goodwin and interpreted by Janet R. Goodwin with Gustav Heldt
  8. Morita Tei: Toward Regency Leadership at Court Introduced and interpreted by Joan R. Piggott
  9. Sasaki Muneo: The Court-centered Polity Introduced and interpreted by Joan R. Piggott
  10. Toda Yoshimi: Kyoto and the Estate System in the Heian Period Introduced and interpreted by Janet R. Goodwin
  11. Miyazaki Yasumitsu: The Mino Genji in the Late Classical Age Introduced and interpreted by Joan R. Piggott
  12. Motoki Yasuo: Kôfukuji in the Late Heian Period Introduced and interpreted by Mikael S. Adolphson
  13. Ishimoda Shô: Japan’s Medieval World Introduced and interpreted by Joan R. Piggott
  14. Koyama Yasunori:  East and West in the Late Classical Age Introduced and interpreted by Bruce L. Batten

Annotated List of Sources | Glossary | Bibliography | Index


Reviews
  • “Particularly for those interested in the complex and often inaccessible world of Japanese historiography for what the translators label “the classical age.” This volume will prove a handy guide. ... [It] will allow Anglophone historians a look at the assumptions, methods, and interpretations of our Japanese colleagues in all their intricacy.” - Monumenta Nipponica

Editor

  • Joan R. PIGGOTT is currently Gordon L. MacDonald Chair Professor, Department of History, University of California, Los Angeles.

ISBN (hardcover): 
978-1-885445-39-1
Price (hardcover): 
$59.00
ISBN (paperback): 
978-1-885445-29-2
Price (paperback): 
$28.00