Shogun Iemitsu

Shogun Iemitsu


Author : Michael R. Zomber
Publisher : iUniverse
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ISBN : 144015564X
Pages : 368 pages
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Rising from the fragrant, soothing water, Hideo allowed the liquid to stream down his face. His long hair trailed down his well-muscled neck in a satisfying weighty mass. Wiping his eyes and completely relaxed, Hideo looked first at the swords on the stand nearest him and then fell into a reverie. His earliest childhood memory was not of his beloved mother but of his fathers swords. The ritual was invariable. Before his father would kiss his mother, before his father would greet or dandle him, the man who had had the courage and audacity to marry the daughter of one of the Dictator Odas concubines removed his sandals with great care and walked to the black lacquer, double sword stand and, employing ever greater care, first removed the long sword from his sash and then the shorter sword. Each was positioned with incredible accuracy so that the handle and guard were outside of the cradle formed by the arms of the stand. The long sword was always placed above the shorter one. Their graceful curves, shining black lacquer scabbards, and silk-wrapped grips fascinated Hideo. They were so intimately associated with his fathera kindly but serious man of few words. Shogun Iemitsu chronicles a day in the life of two young samurai, Hideo and Kobiyashi, as they attend a festival, fall in love, and put down a rebellion against the Tokugawa government that changes their lives forever. Shogun Iemitsu is based entirely on historical events, and it is filled with breathtaking details of life under the Shoguns. A must-read for anyone who enjoyed James Clavell's Shogun. Shogun Iemitsu will thrill beyond your wildest expectations!


Encyclopedia of Homosexuality

Encyclopedia of Homosexuality


Author : Wayne R. Dynes
Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN : 1317368150
Pages : 756 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (317 users)

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First published in 1990, The Encyclopedia of Homosexuality brings together a collection of outstanding articles that were, at the time of this book’s original publication, classic, pioneering, and recent. Together, the two volumes provide scholarship on male and female homosexuality and bisexuality, and, reaching beyond questions of physical sexuality, they examine the effects of homophilia and homophobia on literature, art, religion, science, law, philosophy, society, and history. Many of the writings were considered to be controversial, and often contradictory, at that time, and refer to issues and difficulties that still exist today. This volume contains entries from A-L.


Prisoners from Nambu

Prisoners from Nambu


Author : Reinier H. Hesselink
Publisher : University of Hawaii Press
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ISBN : 9780824824631
Pages : 226 pages
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On July 29, 1643, ten crew members of the Dutch yacht Breskens were lured ashore at Nambu in northern Japan. Once out of view of their ship, the men were bound and taken to the shogun, Tokugawa Iemitsu, in Edo, where they remained imprisoned for four months. Later the Japanese government forced the Dutch East India Company representative in Nagasaki to acknowledge that the sailors had in fact been saved from shipwreck and that official recognition of the rescue (i.e., a formal visit from a Dutch ambassador) was in order. Prisoners from Nambu provides a lively, engrossing narrative of this relatively obscure incident, while casting light on the history of the period as a whole. Expertly constructing his tale from primary sources, the author examines relations between the Dutch East India Company and the shogunal government immediately following the promulgation of the "seclusion laws" (sakokurei) and anti-Christian campaigns.


The Dorama Encyclopedia

The Dorama Encyclopedia


Author : Jonathan Clements
Publisher : Stone Bridge Press
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ISBN : 1880656817
Pages : 479 pages
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An entertaining reference to popular Japanese TV shows, from the publisher of The Anime Encyclopedia.


Global Crisis

Global Crisis


Author : Geoffrey Parker
Publisher : Yale University Press
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ISBN : 0300189192
Pages : 904 pages
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The acclaimed historian demonstrates a link between climate change and social unrest across the globe during the mid-17th century. Revolutions, droughts, famines, invasions, wars, regicides, government collapses—the calamities of the mid-seventeenth century were unprecedented in both frequency and severity. The effects of what historians call the "General Crisis" extended from England to Japan and from the Russian Empire to sub-Saharan Africa and the Americas. In this meticulously researched volume, historian Geoffrey Parker presents the firsthand testimony of men and women who experienced the many political, economic, and social crises that occurred between 1618 to the late 1680s. He also incorporates the scientific evidence of climate change during this period into the narrative, offering a strikingly new understanding of the General Crisis. Changes in weather patterns, especially longer winters and cooler and wetter summers, disrupted growing seasons and destroyed harvests. This in turn brought hunger, malnutrition, and disease; and as material conditions worsened, wars, rebellions, and revolutions rocked the world.


The Anxious Triumph

The Anxious Triumph


Author : Donald Sassoon
Publisher : Penguin UK
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ISBN : 0241315174
Pages : 800 pages
Rating Book: 4.4/5 (241 users)

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'A magnum opus, an accessible and genuinely global history ... This is a book for today and tomorrow' Financial Times Capitalist enterprise has existed in some form since ancient times, but the globalization and dominance of capitalism as a system began in the 1860s when, in different forms and supported by different political forces, states all over the world developed their modern political frameworks: the unifications of Italy and Germany, the establishment of a republic in France, the elimination of slavery in the American south, the Meiji Restoration in Japan, the emancipation of the serfs in Tsarist Russia. This book magnificently explores how, after the upheavals of industrialisation, a truly global capitalism followed. For the first time in the history of humanity, there was a social system able to provide a high level of consumption for the majority of those who lived within its bounds. Today, capitalism dominates the world. With wide-ranging scholarship, Donald Sassoon analyses the impact of capitalism on the histories of many different states, and how it creates winners and losers by constantly innovating. This chronic instability, he writes, 'is the foundation of its advance, not a fault in the system or an incidental by-product'. And it is this instability, this constant churn, which produces the anxious triumph of his title. To control or alleviate such anxieties it was necessary to create a national community, if necessary with colonial adventures, to develop a welfare state, to intervene in the market economy, and to protect it from foreign competition. Capitalists needed a state to discipline them, to nurture them, and to sacrifice a few to save the rest: a state overseeing the war of all against all. Vigorous, argumentative, surprising and constantly stimulating, The Anxious Triumph gives a fresh perspective on all these questions and on its era. It is a masterpiece by one of Britain's most engaging and wide-ranging historians.


Homosexualities

Homosexualities


Author : Stephen O. Murray
Publisher : University of Chicago Press
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ISBN : 0226551954
Pages : 521 pages
Rating Book: 4.2/5 (226 users)

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Breathtaking in its historical and geographical scope, this book provides a sweeping examination of the construction of male and female homosexualities, stressing both the variability of the forms same-sex desire can take and the key recurring patterns it has formed throughout history. "[An] indispensable resource on same-sex sexual relationships and their social contexts. . . . Essential reading." —Choice "[P]romises to deliver a lot, and even more extraordinarily succeeds in its lofty aims. . . . [O]riginal and refreshing. . . . [A] sensational book, part of what I see emerging as a new commonsense revolution within academe." —Kevin White, International Gay and Lesbian Review


The Dog Shogun

The Dog Shogun


Author : Beatrice M. Bodart-Bailey
Publisher : University of Hawaii Press
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ISBN : 082483030X
Pages : 394 pages
Rating Book: 4.2/5 (824 users)

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Tsunayoshi (1646–1709), the fifth Tokugawa shogun, is one of the most notorious figures in Japanese history. Viewed by many as a tyrant, his policies were deemed eccentric, extreme, and unorthodox. His Laws of Compassion, which made the maltreatment of dogs an offense punishable by death, earned him the nickname Dog Shogun, by which he is still popularly known today. However, Tsunayoshi’s rule coincides with the famed Genroku era, a period of unprecedented cultural growth and prosperity that Japan would not experience again until the mid-twentieth century. It was under Tsunayoshi that for the first time in Japanese history considerable numbers of ordinary townspeople were in a financial position to acquire an education and enjoy many of the amusements previously reserved for the ruling elite. Based on a masterful re-examination of primary sources, this exciting new work by a senior scholar of the Tokugawa period maintains that Tsunayoshi’s notoriety stems largely from the work of samurai historians and officials who saw their privileges challenged by a ruler sympathetic to commoners. Beatrice Bodart-Bailey’s insightful analysis of Tsunayoshi’s background sheds new light on his personality and the policies associated with his shogunate. Tsunayoshi was the fourth son of Tokugawa Iemitsu (1604–1651) and left largely in the care of his mother, the daughter of a greengrocer. Under her influence, Bodart-Bailey argues, the future ruler rebelled against the values of his class. As evidence she cites the fact that, as shogun, Tsunayoshi not only decreed the registration of dogs, which were kept in large numbers by samurai and posed a threat to the populace, but also the registration of pregnant women and young children to prevent infanticide. He decreed, moreover, that officials take on the onerous tasks of finding homes for abandoned children and caring for sick travelers. In the eyes of his detractors, Tsunayoshi’s interest in Confucian and Buddhist studies and his other intellectual pursuits were merely distractions for a dilettante. Bodart-Bailey counters that view by pointing out that one of Japan’s most important political philosophers, Ogyû Sorai, learned his craft under the fifth shogun. Sorai not only praised Tsunayoshi’s government, but his writings constitute the theoretical framework for many of the ruler’s controversial policies. Another salutary aspect of Tsunayoshi’s leadership that Bodart-Bailey brings to light is his role in preventing the famines and riots that would have undoubtedly taken place following the worst earthquake and tsunami as well as the most violent eruption of Mount Fuji in history—all of which occurred during the final years of Tsunayoshi's shogunate. The Dog Shogun is a thoroughly revisionist work of Japanese political history that touches on many social, intellectual, and economic developments as well. As such it promises to become a standard text on late-seventeenth and early-eighteenth-century Japan.


Kodansha Encyclopedia of Japan

Kodansha Encyclopedia of Japan


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Pages : 384 pages
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The Arts of Japan

The Arts of Japan


Author : Seiroku Noma
Publisher : Kodansha Amer Incorporated
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Pages : 338 pages
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Traces the development and characteristic styles of Japanese painting, sculpture, architecture, garden design, ceramics, textiles, swords, and decorative arts since the prehistoric Joman period


The Arts of Japan: Late medieval to modern

The Arts of Japan: Late medieval to modern


Author : Seiroku Noma
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Pages : 340 pages
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The Queer Encyclopedia of Music, Dance, & Musical Theater

The Queer Encyclopedia of Music, Dance, & Musical Theater


Author : Claude J. Summers
Publisher : Cleis Press
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ISBN : 1573441988
Pages : 299 pages
Rating Book: 4.7/5 (573 users)

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This unique encyclopedia showcases the contribution of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer people to music, dance, and musical theater.


When Art Became Fashion

When Art Became Fashion


Author : Dale Carolyn Gluckman
Publisher : Weatherhill, Incorporated
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Pages : 360 pages
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The kosode or narrow-sleeved robe is the predecessor of the modern kimono. This book features kosode from Japan's most prestigious collections, many appearing for the first time in the West.


The New Encyclopædia Britannica

The New Encyclopædia Britannica


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Pages : 1036 pages
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The McGraw-Hill Illustrated World History

The McGraw-Hill Illustrated World History


Author : Esmond Wright
Publisher : New York : McGraw-Hill Book Company
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Pages : 529 pages
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Chronicle of man's past, from prehistory to the present day, by 36 eminent historians. Brief history of each country presented separately.


The Japan Daily Mail

The Japan Daily Mail


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Pages : 728 pages
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The New Encyclop©Œdia Britannica

The New Encyclop©Œdia Britannica


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Pages : 1040 pages
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