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By K. Henshall

ISBN-10: 1403912726

ISBN-13: 9781403912725

In an extraordinary mix of accomplished insurance and sustained severe concentration, this e-book examines eastern background in its entirety to spot the criteria underlying the nation's development to superpower prestige. Japan's success is defined no longer basically in financial phrases, yet at a extra primary point, as a made of old styles of reaction to condition. Japan is proven to be a kingdom traditionally impelled by way of a realistic choice to be successful. The publication additionally highlights unresolved questions and little-known facts.

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Chinese-style law codes were drawn up in connection with these reforms. They emphasised the authority of the emperor and thus the centralisation of power, and they also addressed the rationalisation of bureaucracy. 51 The population had grown markedly through the Yamato period from the estimated two to three million at the end of the Yayoi period. 52 Population growth seems to have progressed in waves. The birth rate was high but so too was the mortality rate, especially among infants. 53 Some idea of the helplessness of people in the face of the ravages of these diseases is seen in the poetry of Yamanoue Okura (ca 660–733).

However, reliance on personal loyalty as a means of control is not very successful. It is inconsistent, hard to institutionalise, and fades with time. Partly because he realised this, and partly because he was highly suspicious by nature, Yoritomo was ever alert to any remote suggestion that his power might be challenged. This led him to suspect the worst even of close friends and family, and to take decisive steps against them. His treatment of his younger half-brother Yoshitsune is a good example.

During much of Japan's Kofun period China was not at its strongest. In fact, it was in considerable turmoil, with a multiplicity of changing powerbases and dynasties between the end of the Late Han period in 220 and the start of the T'ang in 618. For some of this time the country was divided into the three kingdoms of Wei, Wu, and Shu Han. The Korean peninsula, which was generally the closest point of ‘foreign' contact for Japan, was also characterised by the coexistence of three major kingdoms between 300 and 668.

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