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Based on fresh translations of historical documents, this volume offers a revealing look at Japan during the time of the Tokugawa shoguns from 1600-1868, focusing on the day-to-day lives of both the rich and powerful and ordinary citizens.
Half Title Page.
Evaluating and Interpreting Primary Documents.
Timeline of Japanese History from the Mid-Sixteenth Century through the Tokugawa Period, 1543–1868.
1: The Domestic Sphere.
2: Getting Married.
3: Obtaining a Divorce.
4: The Consequences of Adultery.
5: A Woman’s Place.
6: Material Life.
7: Regulating Fashion and Consumption.
8: Samurai Dress and Grooming Standards.
9: Lunisolar Calendar.
10: Japanese Foodways and Diet.
11: The Communal Bath.
12: The Japanese Home.
13: The Political Sphere.
14: A Foreigner’s View of the Battle of Osaka.
15: Forging Political Order.
16: The Emperor and the Kyoto Aristocracy.
17: Weapons Control in Japanese Society.
18: Self-Governance in Villages.
19: Regulating Townspeople in Two Cities.
20: Foreign Relations.
21: Regulating Foreign Relations.
22: Tokugawa Japan and Choson Korea.
23: Leaving a Window Open to the Western World.
24: A Dutch Audience with the Shogun.
25: Sizing up the Foreign Threat.
26: Social and Economic Life.
27: The Social Estates.
28: Trying to Get by on a Fixed Income.
29: The Samurai and Death.
30: Private Vengeance among Samurai.
31: Rules of Merchant Houses.
32: Dealing with Deviant Behavior.
33: Loans among the Peasantry.
34: Unrest in the Countryside.
35: Outcastes in Tokugawa Society.
36: Recreational Life.
37: Advice to Travelers in the Edo Period.
38: Documentation for Travel.
39: Children and Their Amusements.
40: The Tea Ceremony.
41: Archery and the Martial Arts.
42: Courtesans and the Sex Trade.
43: A Hero for the Masses.
44: Religion and Morality.
45: Preaching to the People.
46: Anti-Christian Propaganda.
47: Controlling the Populace.
48: Religious Views of the Japanese.
49: The Teachings of Zen Buddhism.
Appendix 1: Biographical Sketches of Important Individuals Mentioned in Text.