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Imperial politics and symbolics in ancient Japan : the Tenmu dynasty, 650-800

Author: Herman Ooms
Publisher: Honolulu : University of Hawai'i Press, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Imperial Politics and Symbolics in Ancient Japan is an ambitious and ground-breaking study that offers a new understanding of a formative stage in the development of the Japanese state. The late seventh and eighth centuries were a time of momentous change in Japan, much of it brought about by the short-lived Tenmu dynasty. Two new capital cities, a bureaucratic state led by an imperial ruler, and Chinese-style law  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Ooms, Herman.
Imperial politics and symbolics in ancient Japan.
Honolulu : University of Hawai'i Press, ©2009
(OCoLC)647424886
Named Person: Tenmu, Emperor of Japan; Tenmu, Emperor of Japan; Tenmu.
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Herman Ooms
ISBN: 9780824832353 0824832353
OCLC Number: 213495459
Description: xxi, 353 pages, [2] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Bricolage --
Mythemes --
Alibis --
Allochthons --
Liturgies --
Deposits --
Articulations --
Plottings --
Spirits --
Purity.
Responsibility: Herman Ooms.
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