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Japan: Sixteenth, Seventeenth And Eighteenth Centuries

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While 1492 was not in itself a year of particular significance in Japan's history, it roughly marked the start of the greatest transformation Japan had ever experienced. A transformation with many facets, political, economic, social and cultural, that was to continue through sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Indeed, it was this transformation that set the guidelines for creating special characteristics of modern Japan. Prior to that transformation, the main elements constituting Japan were greatly influenced by systems and culture either in China or originally brought over from China. After the transformation, not only was Japan divorced from the 'Chinese World Order', but the values constituting its society were separate and independent. This chapter discusses how this transformation came about and the Tokugawa Japan that was the final result. It considers the political administration and land administration aspects of the situation prevailing in the sixteenth century when the transformation began.

Keywords: Chinese world order; Japan; land administration; political administration; Tokugawa Japan; transformation



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