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Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph Series 24

Population, Disease, and Land in Early Japan, 645–900

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$24.95 • £19.95 • €22.50

ISBN 9780674690059

Publication Date: 03/19/1995


  • Chronological List of Translated Court Orders
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
    • Population and Agriculture before 645
    • Establishment of the Ritsuryō State
  • 1. Fertility, Mortality, and Life Expectancy in the Early Eighth Century
    • Population Registration in East Asian History
    • Census-Taking in the Law Codes
    • Selection of the Population Data
    • Appraising the Quality of the Data
    • Adjusting the Data
    • Application of Stable Population Analysis
    • Fertility, Mortality, and Life Expectancy in Early Japan
  • 2. Population Trends and Epidemic Disease
    • The Nature of the Evidence
    • The Arrival and Initial Ravages of the Disease
    • The Epidemic at Its Height
    • Government Medical Policy and Identification of the Disease
    • Mortality in the Great Epidemic
    • Other Epidemics in the Ritsuryō Period
  • 3. Land Clearance
    • Land Clearance in the Law Codes
    • Subsequent Legislation
    • Early Examples of Land Clearance
    • Early Shōen
    • Land Clearance in the Early and Middle Heian Period
  • 4. Land Use and Agricultural Technology
    • Artificially Irrigated Rice Farming
    • Naturally Irrigated Rice Farming
    • Dry Fields
    • Slash-and-Burn Agriculture
    • The Early Landscape
    • Land Use and Land Tenure
  • 5. Rural Settlement
    • Migration in the Law Codes
    • Government Attempts to Enforce the Codes
    • Migrants and Their Motives
    • Rural Settlement Patterns
    • Settlement Patterns and Local Government
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Glossary
  • Index

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