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Unformatted text preview: HST 369 Notes – Nara Politics and the Frontier and Nara Arts and Culture 9/12/07 Discussion Questions 1. Some names and terms in the Hane reading that you might take note of: Horyuji Temple, Todaiji Temple, the Shosoin Treasure Repository, Six Nara Buddhist Sects, Gyoki, Kojiki, Nihongi (Nihon shoki), Man’yoshu. 2. How did the Japanese craze for things Chinese affect daily life in the Nara period? 3. Hane ends the chapter by writing about the wars to bring Northern Japan under state control, the very topic addressed in your online reading by Karl Friday. What is Friday’s view of the lengthy war fought from 774-811 to pacify the North? Why does he think it succeeded or failed? What leads him to those conclusions? 4. Who were the Emishi? What were they like? What strategies did the Japanese use in their efforts to turn the Emishi in Japanese? Notes on Karl Friday reading 774 – four decade long conquest of the North. What did it take so long? Incompetant imperials? Strong resistance? The campaigns weren’t all that successful. The land wasn’t really all that subjugated and the older means of expansion worked better. It was a stalemate, pretty much. Emishi and The North ○ considered barbarians ○ not really according to archeological finds. They were like the Yamato Japanese, but they depended more on hunting/fishing than rice, and spoke a distinct language ○ organized by clans/tribes into separate villages ○ villages had leaders for wartimes and leaders for peace times ○ may or may not have been ethnically different from court people Early Emishi-Yamato Interaction ○ Yamato started to divide up the North land even before they had a hand in it...
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2008 for the course HIST 369 taught by Professor Segal during the Fall '07 term at Michigan State University.
- Fall '07