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Unformatted text preview: HST 369 Notes – Was Japan Feudal? 10/10/07 Discussion Questions: 1. What does Mass mean when he writes of feudalism as “an abstraction twice removed”? How did that invite problems for the scholars trying to analyze Japanese history in terms of feudalism? a. Book notes: It was invented and with Europe in mind. Scholars got messed up on chronology because of the model. 2. As Mass explains early in the section on chieftainship, what were Yoritomo’s “traditional” war aims? What new institutions and practices did Yoritomo introduce, and how did they help him secure an independent hold on power? a. Book notes: ruled Kanto; all followers welcome; get land under his name 3. Why according to Mass, would Yoritomo be upset to learn that people remembered him as the first shogun? What was the significance of that title to Yoritomo? To those who came after him? a. Book notes: Old shogun name was either for emergencies or to deputize and send people to fight in the North = not good. He abandoned the title before he didn’t people to fight in the North = not good....
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- Fall '07
- Feudalism, Shogun, kamakura shogunate, Kamakura bakufu Vassals, Kamakura Bakufu Yoritomo