By L. M. Cullen
Supplying a particular assessment of the pressures chargeable for the emergence of recent Japan, Louis Cullen rejects the normal obstacles of jap historiography and combines financial, social, and political techniques to create a robust research. Cullen experiences the japanese event of enlargement, social transition, business development, fiscal quandary and warfare, to provide an island state that could be a turning out to be commercial energy with little conception of its around the world context.
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139–64. 19 Peace, an expanded area of cultivation and increased productivity, growth in domestic trade and a mining boom, all in combination laid the basis of the vibrant society and economy which Meiji Japan would inherit much later in 1868. The long period from the beginning to the end of the Tokugawa era was of course punctuated by both booms and depressions. The expansion of early Tokugawa times was followed by a heady boom in the Genroku period (1688–1704), and by the perhaps even greater, because widely diffused, prosperity of the Bunka and Bunsei periods from 1804 to 1830.
At the outset, he inherited failure in Korea, and his military victory at Sekigahara had not really crushed the southern han who had fought against him. If he were to force himself on the south, he would face the armies which had constituted the backbone of the Korean invasion forces and who would outnumber his army. Rice represented the ability to keep an army in the ﬁeld; even a century later, his successors’ territories (tenry¯o and hatamoto lands combined), most of them far from the south, represented only a quarter of the rice output of Japan.
As the summer monsoon weakened, the winds of the Siberian landmass, pushing out into the Paciﬁc in a great anti-cyclonic sweep, curled in from a northeasterly direction. On their path, they met the moisture-laden air of the Paciﬁc: in summer precipitation was heavy if they pushed out prematurely, and in winter snow lay deep on the ground in both the Ezo islands (of which the principal one, Ezo-ga-shima, was renamed Hokkaido 18 Japan and its Chinese and European worlds, 1582–1689 19 after 1868) and the Tohoku.
A History of Japan, 1582-1941: Internal and External Worlds by L. M. Cullen