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A History of Japan: From Stone Age to Superpower (3rd by Kenneth Henshall

By Kenneth Henshall

Overlaying the entire sweep of eastern historical past, from historic to modern, Henshall explores Japan's huge, immense impression at the glossy international, and the way important it truly is to envision the previous and tradition of the rustic that allows you to complete comprehend its achievements and responses. Now in its 3rd version, this e-book is usefully up to date and revised.

About the Author:

Kenneth Henshall is Professor within the institution of Languages and Cultures on the collage of Canterbury, New Zealand. He has released greater than a dozen books in a number fields. earlier versions of A historical past of Japan were translated into numerous languages, and he has lately written on jap heritage for Lonely Planet.

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Guilds also became stronger. The life of the common people during the Kamakura era was marked by the emergence of new Japanese forms of Buddhism. The most distinctive characteristic of these was their appeal to the people at large, as opposed to Heian-period Buddhism which had generally been esoteric and confined to the ruling class. The Jo ¯ do (Pure Land) Sect, founded by the priest Ho ¯ nen (1133–1212), believed salvation could be attained by chanting the name of Amida Buddha. The Jo ¯ do Shin (True Pure Land) Sect, founded by Ho ¯ nen’s disciple Shinran (1173–1263), simplified this further to just one sincere invocation of Amida’s name.

It was not simply a case of the court losing power relative to the provinces. Within the court itself, the emperor lost much of his personal power. There were two main reasons for this. The first was the use of regents. qxd 30 3/2/12 2:41 PM Page 30 A History of Japan the period. The family had long provided imperial consorts and empresses. Then in 858 Yoshifusa (804–72), the head of the family, arranged the enthronement of his seven year-old grandson and promptly declared himself regent. The practice of Fujiwara regency continued after him, becoming the norm till the late eleventh century despite occasional resistance from the imperial family.

Qxd 34 3/2/12 2:41 PM Page 34 A History of Japan house to house. … And by the walls and in the highways you could see everywhere the bodies of those who had died of starvation. And as there was none to take them away, a terrible stench filled the streets. With the combination of natural disasters and the Genpei (MinamotoTaira) War it must certainly have seemed to many that the world was being turned upside-down, and perhaps that the final phase of humankind predicted in mappo ¯ was indeed imminent.

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