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By Kenneth Henshall

Protecting the total sweep of eastern heritage, from old to modern, Henshall explores Japan's huge, immense impression at the smooth international, and the way important it's to ascertain the previous and tradition of the rustic with a view to complete comprehend its achievements and responses. Now in its 3rd version, this publication is usefully up-to-date and revised.

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Kenneth Henshall is Professor within the tuition of Languages and Cultures on the college of Canterbury, New Zealand. He has released greater than a dozen books in a number fields. earlier variations of A heritage of Japan were translated into a number of languages, and he has lately written on eastern heritage for Lonely Planet.

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A document of 730, for example, lists no fewer than 412 out of 414 households in Awa (in present-day Chiba Prefecture) as existing at what was considered the bare subsistence level. qxd 26 3/2/12 2:41 PM Page 26 A History of Japan very long. And agricultural technology was inefficient, which meant that land clearance and utilisation left much to be desired. 724–49). Sho¯mu commissioned not only the To¯daiji but also a temple in every province, at huge expense. His zeal was partly due to the massive suffering of his people during one of Japan’s worst epidemics, the great smallpox epidemic of 735–7.

However, the Taira camp too was divided. Its ranks in fact included a Minamoto, Tameyoshi’s eldest son Yoshitomo (1123–60). Yoshitomo was seen by many as the main contributor to the victory over his father, but he felt insufficiently rewarded. As a result, in 1159 he attacked the Taira forces in the capital, but was defeated and killed by Kiyomori. What followed shortly afterwards – whatever the precise details – was to change the history of Japan. 26 He is said to have threatened to kill her three children by Yoshitomo unless she gave herself to him.

14 This was ironic, for the period was the heyday of the ritsuryo¯ system, which was meant to spread central imperial authority throughout the land. 781–806) was particularly unhappy in Nara, and in 784 he decided it was time to move the capital again. No-one quite knows why. He may have felt oppressed by the increasing number of powerful Buddhist temples in the city. Or, since there had been so many disasters in recent times, he may simply have felt it was ill-fated. In any event, he left in a hurry.

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