HST 369 Notes - Yoritomo and Founding the Kamakura Bakufu

HST 369 Notes - Yoritomo and Founding the Kamakura Bakufu -...

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HST 369 Notes – Yoritomo and Founding the Kamakura Bakufu 10/8/07 Discussion Question and Answers: 1. Did the Kamakura bakufu dominate the Kamakura period? If so, how? Why or why not? A: No, they shared power with the imperial court. They had two capitals, but the court handled certain things while the bakufu handled others. One could even have a case which needed a court to decide and go to one court in one case, or the other in another. 2. On pages 50-51, Mass notes the problems that provincial samurai faced in safeguarding their positions. Then on p. 53, he notes that the Chiba warrior family, despite its Taira surname, joined the Minamoto when war broke out. How are these related? A: With the central government in charge of their jobs, they couldn’t feel secure because the government would change things up because of disputes between officials, or just to limit the power of those holding or working the provinces. 3. What institutional innovation allowed Yoritomo to rally eastern warrior families and gain control of eastern Japan in ways that his predecessors were unable to? A: He promised a security system that guaranteed the land of his followers.
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