The Edo Inheritance 徳川恒孝著『江戸の遺伝子』の英語版 (長銀国際ライブラリー叢書) 単行本 – 2009/4/1
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The Japanese have often thought of the Edo period as Japan’s dark ages, when the nation, isolated under the Tokugawa shogunate’s national seclusion policy, fell hopelessly behind the rest of the world. In this book Tokugawa Tsunenari argues that, on the contrary, Tokugawa Japan was in many ways ahead of the West in its long peace and widespread prosperity. Under the long Tokugawa rule, from 1603 to 1868, control of flooding increased rice harvests, the samurai were transformed into a class of competent and highly moral administrators, and literacy spread. Japan in the eighteenth century was the most urbanized country in the world and boasted the most sophisticated culture of the time. Writing from his unique perspective as the eighteenth head of the house of Tokugawa, the author points out that the unique cultural values fostered during those three centuries of peace—egalitarianism, a small government leaving much to local autonomy, religious tolerance, living in harmony with nature—have much to offer the world in an age of rapid globalization and uncertainty.
The Tokugawa shogunate (1603–1868)—the reign of the family that effectively governed Japan during that period—is it to be credited with 265 years of uninterrupted peace or blamed for having created a centuries-long police-state? Here a descendant offers a revisionist history that de-demonizes an era sometimes said to constitute Japan’s dark ages and discovers a harbinger. The result is a delightfully contentious book that will stir debate for some time to come. —Donald Richie --In this volume’s Jacket商品の説明をすべて表示する
This book lends an insight to the struggles of uniting warring factions without having to descend into subjugation by another country.