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Author Segal, Ethan Isaac.

Title Coins, trade, and the state : economic growth in early medieval Japan / Ethan Isaac Segal
Published ©2011
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Asia Center and distributed by Harvard University Press
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 258 pages) : illustrations, map
Series Harvard East Asian monographs ; 334
Harvard East Asian monographs ; 334
Contents Medieval money -- "Cash fever" and the late Heian response -- Making change : the spread of money and markets -- Virtue, vice, and self-interest : money and the Kamakura Bakufu -- Coins, taxes, and trust in the fourteenth century -- Late medieval and beyond -- Money and Japanese history
Summary Ethan Isaac Segal highlights the role of peripheral elites- including merchants, warriors, rural estate managers, and religious leaders- in the development of the medieval Japanese economy. Individuals from these groups devised new ways to circumvent older forms of exchange by importing Chinese currency, trading in local markets, and building an effective system of long-distance money remittance. Over time, the central government recognized the futility of trying to stifle these developments, and by the sixteenth century it came to assert greater control over monetary matters throughout the realm. Drawing upon diaries, tax ledgers, temple records, and government decrees, this study chronicles how the circulation of copper currency and the expansion of trade led to the start of a market-centered economy and laid the groundwork for Japan's transformation into an early modern society. -- Book Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-241) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Coinage -- Japan -- History.
Money -- Japan -- History.
Japan -- Commerce -- History -- 16th century.
Japan -- Commerce -- History -- To 1500.
Japan -- Economic conditions -- To 1868.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1684175070 (electronic bk.)
9781684175079 (electronic bk.)