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Give and Take

Poverty and the Status Order in Early Modern Japan

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ISBN 9780674251274

Publication Date: 01/19/2021


  • List of Maps, Tables, and Figures*
  • Acknowledgments
  • Note to the Reader
  • Introduction
  • 1. The Castle Town and Domain of Ōno
  • 2. Beggars by Birth: An Outcaste Group in Domain Society
  • 3. The Management of Mendicancy
  • 4. The Guilds of the Blind
  • 5. Benevolence, Charity, or Duty? Hunger Relief in the Castle Town
  • 6. Growth through Gratitude: Welfare in a Mercantilist Domain
  • Conclusion
  • Character List
  • Appendix 1: Rice Price in Ōno Town
  • Appendix 2: Sample Commodity Prices and Wages in the Ōno Area before 1860
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • * Maps, Tables, and Figures
    • Maps
      • 1. Location of Ōno town
      • 2. Major roads and rivers in Echizen Province in the Tokugawa period
      • 3. Ōno’s domain territory, 1770
      • 4. Ōno town, 1820
      • 5. Ōno town and surroundings
    • Tables
      • 1. Number of rice gruel recipients at Hanaguro’s handout
      • 2. Total number of Koshirō
      • 3. Key events of famine relief measures in Ōno town, 1783–84
      • 4. Recipients of sukui and osukui during the Tenmei famine
    • Figures
      • 1. View of Ōno town from Kameyama hill
      • 2. The castle town of Ōno, circa early 1680s
      • 3. The village of Omodani at the Omodani copper mine
      • 4. Town elders’ journal
      • 5. “Beggar dwellings” and four houses of leatherworkers
      • 6. Houses of Koshirō and leatherworkers
      • 7. “Beggar bosses (kojikigashira) Kojirō” on a town map
      • 8. Beggar bosses expelling homeless beggars
      • 9. Zatō, goze, kojikigashira e shūgi fuse no oboe
      • 10. Uchinami village buried in snow
      • 11. Location of Ōno’s beggar hospice in Shibanmachi
      • 12. Beggars at the door, as depicted by Kawamura Kihō
      • 13. Goze in Kanazawa, as depicted in Muda shugyō kane no waraji
      • 14. “Beggar” and “blind man,” as depicted in Kinmō zui
      • 15. Number of recipients (including Koshirō) at the rice gruel kitchens
      • 16. Rice gruel handout in Hinin Taiheiki
      • 17. Rice gruel handout in “Minkan bikōroku”
      • 18. Saiseikan Hospital on a town map
      • 19. Doi Toshitada
      • 20. Uchiyama Shichirōemon
      • 21. Preface of Gokyūjogura chokoku ukeharaichō

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