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In Search of the WayThought and Religion in Early—Modern Japan, 1582-1860$
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Richard Bowring

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198795230

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198795230.001.0001

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From Hideyoshi to Ietsuna

From Hideyoshi to Ietsuna

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(p.3) 1 From Hideyoshi to Ietsuna
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In Search of the Way
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Richard Bowring

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198795230.003.0001

This chapter is a general introduction to the period 1582–1680. It begins with a short history of the first four shōgun and then describes in outline the relationship between the shogunate and the feudal lords (daimyō), which was not simply one of ruler and ruled. Matters were complicated further by the fact that the imperial institution itself was not directly challenged but rather accommodated. The feudal lords were allowed a substantial degree of self-government, particularly when it came to domainal taxes. The one area where the shōgun did claim full authority over both the domains and the court was in foreign affairs, and this led to difficulties when foreign powers tried to identify the head of state. Also discussed are the fiscal difficulties which began to threaten the system from the early 1680s.

Keywords:   Ieyasu, Iemitsu, shogunate, shōgun, daimyō, feudal system, foreign affairs, debt, merchants

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