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Coins, Trade, and the State

Economic Growth in Early Medieval Japan

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$39.95 • £31.95 • €36.00

ISBN 9780674060685

Publication Date: 07/11/2011


276 pages

6 x 9 inches

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  • List of Figures
  • Map of Medieval Japan
  • Introduction: Medieval Money
    • The Use of Money in Premodern Japan
    • Money and Economic Growth
    • Reconsidering Medieval Money
    • Scope of the Study
  • 1. “Cash Fever” and the Late Heian Response
    • Money and Economic Policies in Nam and Early Heian
    • Problems with Heian Coins and Currency
    • Gold, Foreign Trade, and Bargaining Power
    • Twelfth-Century Coins and the Heian Elite Response
    • Conclusion
  • 2. Making Change: The Spread of Money and Markets
    • The Market in Ancient Japan
    • Medieval Markets
    • Why Switch to Cash?
    • Money, Trade, and the Kamakura Bakufu
    • Conclusion
  • 3. Virtue, Vice, and Self-interest: Money and the Kamakura Bakufu
    • Mongols or Moneylenders? Searching for Motives
    • Virtuous Government and Debt Relief in Early Japan
    • Tokusei and the Court–Bakufu Rivalry of the Thirteenth Century
    • Self-Interest and Bakufu–Retainer Relations
    • Reciprocal Relationships and Gift Economy
    • Conclusions: Vice, Virtue, and Self-Interest in Kamakura Japan
  • 4. Coins, Taxes, and Trust in the Fourteenth Century
    • Tax Commutation
    • Commutation: A Local or Central Phenomenon?
    • Wiry Switch to Cash?
    • Commutation and Bakufu Economic Policy
    • Bills of Exchange
    • Conclusion
  • 5. Late Medieval and Beyond
    • From Kamakura to Kenmu
    • Economic Policies of the Muromachi Bakufu
    • Instability and Other Weaknesses of the Muromachi System
    • The Role of Non-Elites in the Muromachi Economy
    • Medieval Money in the Early Modern Economy
    • Conclusion
  • Conclusion: Money and Japanese History
  • Works Cited
  • Character List
  • Index

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