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Demographic Aspects Of A Village In Tokugawa Japan

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Tokugawa Japan bequeathed to us an abundant supply of materials for population study. First, when Japan was finally unified in the late sixteenth century, the shogun and the provincial feudal lords became very much interested in the quantitative aspects of the regions they governed and hence conducted surveys on the size and population of their domains. Second, as a result of the strict ban put on Christianity by the Tokugawa government, a registration of the religious faith of every individual was carried out every year. This chapter is the result of a demographic study author made using the example of Yokouchi village in Suwa County in the province of Shinano. Author has made a study of various aspects of the demographic history of this village by combining the traditional method of population study with a tracing of the demographic behavior of families through the method of family reconstitution.

Keywords: demographic history; family reconstitution; population study; religious faith; Tokugawa Japan; Yokouchi village



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