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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 3:43 am    Post subject: New Book: Nagaoka, Japan's Forgotten Capital Reply with quote
Even with the ungodly price tag, I thought this might be of interest to some members. Maybe at some point it will be released in a cheaper paperback version.

"Nagaoka, Japan's Forgotten Capital-By Ellen Van Goethem


ISBN 978 90 04 16600 4
Hardback (350 pp.)
List price EUR 119.- / US$ 170.-
Brill's Japanese Studies Library, 29
http://www.brill.nl/


This is the first work dealing comprehensively with
the historical and physical aspects of the Nagaoka
palace and capital, constructed in the eighth
century at the order of Kanmu Tennō, but abruptly
abandoned after only ten years.


New research and especially the information
yielded by decades of excavation made possible
this fresh reassessment of conventional theories
not only of the construction and layout of Nagaoka,
but also the life and reign of its founder. It also
examines the motivations behind the establishment
and unexpected abandonment within the context of
Kanmu's reign and personal convictions. More broadly
speaking, the volume deals with the process of
capital building in late eighth-century Japan, and
the links between the Nara and Heian capitals.

Ellen Van Goethem, Ph.D. (2005) in Oriental Languages and Cultures, Ghent
University,
is an assistant professor in the Department of Global and Interdisciplinary
Studies at Hosei
University. Nagaoka, Japan's Forgotten Capital is her first book."
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 4:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
I missed the price tag originally--yikes! Still, I want it.

Sigh.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 4:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Saw the price on the PMJS announcement.

DAMMIT!!!

*This* is why books like that don't sell. I'll bet there is a WAY larger market for that book, but with that price only those who *HAVE* to have it will get it.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Ugh.

That's a ridiculous price tag.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2008 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Well my curiousity has definately been raised. I've heard about Nagaoka before, but i have to ask:

:cue creepy music:

Why was the capital abandoned in 10 years? Exclamation
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2008 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Sima Qian wrote:
Why was the capital abandoned in 10 years?


Apparently the site "was susceptible to flooding" and plagued with "violent political quarrels and worrisome omens" (Totman's A History of Japan, 89).

Kidder's book on Himiko goes into detail on these omens, but I don't have that book with me. I will check my university library today for it, though.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2008 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
AJBryant wrote:

*This* is why books like that don't sell. I'll bet there is a WAY larger market for that book, but with that price only those who *HAVE* to have it will get it.


Agreed.

Here another possible buyer lost because of
that tag. Sad
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