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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 3:27 pm    Post subject: Performing the Great Peace Reply with quote
Performing the Great Peace: Political Space and Open Secrets in Tokugawa Japan comes out this month. It is the newest book by Luke S. Roberts, author of "Mercantilism in a Japanese Domain: The Merchant Origins of Economic Nationalism in Eighteenth Century Tosa" and the journal article "The Petition Box in Eighteenth Century Tosa," among other works.

According to the UH Press website, this new publication:

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offers a cultural approach to understanding the politics of the Tokugawa period, at the same time deconstructing some of the assumptions of modern national historiographies. Deploying the political terms uchi (inside), omote (ritual interface), and naisho (informal negotiation)—all commonly used in the Tokugawa period—the author explores how daimyo and the Tokugawa government understood political relations and managed politics in terms of spatial autonomy, ritual submission, and informal negotiation.


I don't know when I'll find time to read it (maybe if I'm fortunate enough to obtain a copy, I can read it over the summer), but I'm definitely looking forward to it.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
This is what he was talking about at the AAS Conference. Not my area of interest per se, but in this case I'd be interested in reading it.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
It's not the kind of thing I'd ever like to research or write about myself, actually, since it's so conceptual. But I think it should be a valuable read for me, informing various background or fundamental context elements related to social structures and such.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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It's not the kind of thing I'd ever like to research or write about myself, actually, since it's so conceptual. But I think it should be a valuable read for me, informing various background or fundamental context elements related to social structures and such.


I'm pretty sure I got you the audio of his presentation, if so you should check it out. Interesting stuff.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
It's probably in here somewhere....
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2012 4:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
A brief review of the book from the Japan Times.

And a lengthy interview with Prof. Roberts, from the New Books in East Asian Studies series.

I've got the book and am hoping to read it by the end of the summer. Looking forward to it Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2012 5:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Ooo this is right up my street, need to get my hands on this book! I'm about halfway through the podcast interview on East Asian studies and I have to say it really fascinating how the Tokugawa regime operated.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2012 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Does this work only look at internal relations within Japan proper, or does it also cover the methods used through the four gateway domains to the Koreans, Dutch, Ryukyuans and Ainu?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 5:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
I haven't read through the book yet, so I can't say for sure, but "Ryukyu", "Dutch" and "Ainu" do not appear in the index. A Korean embassy is mentioned once.

He may mention foreign relations at some point - I'm not sure - but Roberts' focus is definitely on internal/domestic matters. His research has always (for the most part / so far as I know) focused in particular on Tosa han, which was not one of the domains controlling one of the "four gates." But, I don't think that necessarily means the concepts presented here are not relevant or applicable to how daimyo and the shogunate interacted with foreign powers/peoples.
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