Examining Japanese Primary Sources

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Joe Newman Samurai Notes Week 2 – 15 Jan - Periodization - Final Paper due March 20 Oom’s General Argument - 1600’s Period, 2 nd Kahara - A lot of peridionization a lot more obvious to us as observes than to those living in the reality. - He urges to not over simplify history. - Huristic – Any method of coming to a decision. - Two general approaches by historians and structure narratives. o Breaking things into segments – snapshots – structure to form building blocks – things loss in translation. Hall – Even if people of the time can’t realize the importance at the time, it can still be an important point/divergence in culture. - What questions do we ask? - What can we build what isn’t said? Didn’t survive? How can we reconstruct history? o Do you try to get a coherent picture or do you try to highlight the major changes of each society. - Holms is trying to highlight the pitfalls of writing history. - Periodization is mandatory but not innocent, - When we make decisions to carve up time we also make decisions to carve up reality connotations – we succumb to hasty generalizations. Keirstead’s Main Points - Japanese historians making assumptions based on Western standards. - A lot of Japanese history was with an eye to the future – nationalistic. o Tealiology – Linear doctrine/progression. There is an end spelled out/inevitable. Not used in a good way. - Showan – Japanese plot of land/manor/estates. o Shows large distinction between the estates and the estate system. o He does not want to talk about the singular estate. He wants to discuss the system as a whole. We wont be able to make the gap in order to create a systematic model. o THE conditions of possibility of the estate system. What these estates meant in the society at large. The condition of possibility. What people had to be willing to accept.
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- Claiming that establisjing the system, the emporer is rewiring the rules for which an estate can exist. This is what is needed for an estate to exist and is allowed to do so. Mass’ Arguments Middle Ages 1185 – 1333 – Kamakura Period 1338 - 1600 – Muromachi Week 3 – 22 Jan Kierstead Hya Kusho – Farmer Peasant o Comes with a set of jobs and duties. A status of being a full-fledged citizen of the estate. - Myo – lowest level of authority of the estate. Some kind of appointment given. o Unit of taxation o Literally means ‘name’ or ‘person’ - Myoshu vs Myoden o Myoden meaning ‘named fields’. o Myoshu is in charge of Myo. o Name of the Myo is ideally the name of the original farmer of the estate. - Myo wasnt actually seen or physical on a Shoen. - The Myo delegates tax to the physical owners of the physical land. -
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