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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 8:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Tornadoes28 wrote:
After reading Beasley's book I agree with Obenjo. Beasley's book is a very thorough account of the period and I recommend you read it. I don't recall why Shungaku and others did not think ending sankin kotai would be a mistake but the fact that the Tokugawa attempted to reinstate sankin kotai later means they realized their mistake. But the way things were moving, even had sankin kotai not been stopped, I think various clans would have begun to ignore it eventually.
Well, since I've been selling books on Amazon as well as buying them, perhaps I can justify a modest $25 outlay for Beasley's book...of course this means my bookselling enterprise is more like a hobby to support my reading habit than a business...it might be better that way! I would certainly like to figure out whether it was a blind spot, pressure from many different sources or simply stubborn intellectual pride that drove Shungaku's agenda. Totman paints him as quite the bully, really, kind of the Ii Naosuke of the reformist camp, if you will. I'd be interested to read what Beasley says about him. Also, I think there is a market for a Three Stooges remake with Shungaku as Moe, Yoshinobu as Larry and Ogasawara Nagamichi in the Curly role... Just Kidding
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