中世日本の民草:変転期の飢饉、生産力と戦闘<br>Japan's Medieval Population : Famine, Fertility, and Warfare in a Transformative Age

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中世日本の民草:変転期の飢饉、生産力と戦闘
Japan's Medieval Population : Famine, Fertility, and Warfare in a Transformative Age

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 372 p./サイズ 2 illus.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
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基本説明

New in paperback. Hardcover was published in 2006. By synthesizing a vast cache of primary and secondary sources, William Wayne Farris constructs an important analysis of Japan's population from 1150 to 1600 and considers social and economic developments that were life and death issues for ordinary Japanese.

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This volume charts a course through never-before-surveyed historical territory: Japan's medieval population, a topic so challenging that neither Japanese nor foreign scholars have investigated it in a comprehensive way. And yet, demography is an invaluable approach to the past because it provides a way--often the only way--to study the mass of people who did not belong to the political or religious elite. By synthesizing a vast cache of primary and secondary sources, William Wayne Farris constructs an important analysis of Japan's population from 1150 to 1600 and considers social and economic developments that were life and death issues for ordinary Japanese. Impressive in his grasp of detail and the scope of his inquiry, Farris makes the argument that, although this age initially witnessed the continuation of a centuries-old demographic stasis, a far-reaching transformation began around 1280 and eventually gained momentum until it swept through the Japanese archipelago. Between 1280 and 1600, Japan's population approximately trebled, growing from 6 million to 17 million. Crucial to the demographic breakthrough was the resolution of two central problems facing both the rulers and the ruled. The first was how to supply a burgeoning population with sufficient food; the second, how to keep the peace.Japan's Medieval Population will be required reading for specialists in pre-modern Japanese history, who will appreciate it not only for its thought-provoking arguments, but also for its methodology and use of sources.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments                                    ix
Introduction 1 (11)
New Problems, Same Result 12 (55)
Mortality in Early Medieval Japan,
1150-1280
Change within Basic Continuity 67 (27)
Agriculture, Labor, Commerce, and Family
Life, 1150-1280
The Dawn of a New Era 94 (34)
Lowered Mortality and the ``Muromachi
Optimum,'' 1280-1450
The Best of Times 128(36)
Agriculture, Commerce, and Fertility,
1280-1450
Return of the Demons of Yore 164(57)
Mortality during the Warring States and
Unification Eras, 1450-1600
The Brighter Side of Life 221(41)
Agriculture, Commerce, and Family Life,
1450-1600
Epilogue 262(7)
Notes 269(56)
Character List 325(6)
Works Cited 331(30)
Index 361