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The Economic Thought Of Shjōi Kōki And The Tenpō Reforms In Saga Domain

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This chapter focuses on the analysis of the broader intellectual and social network through which Shōji Kōki introduced his main economic ideas to the representatives of Saga domain and how much of his practical advice was actually implemented in the Tenpō Reforms in Saga domain. Kōki did not limit his interests to the economic and business agenda only, but became an active agent in discussions about military strategy and Western technology. The political and economic reforms in Saga domain were realized in two stages: the first, preparatory one, between 1830 and 1835, consisted mainly of stabilization policy, and the second, proactive one, from 1836 to 1843, focused on economic growth. Kōkis approach to the economic policy of Saga domain can be interpreted as an inquiry into the core problem of how the merchants helped to promote national prosperity.

Keywords: economic thought; national prosperity; Saga domain; samurai; Shōji Kōki; Tenpō Reforms



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