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Japan in print : information and nation in the early modern period

Author: Mary Elizabeth Berry
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, ©2006.
Series: Asia--local studies/global themes, 12.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A quiet revolution in knowledge separated the early modern period in Japan from all previous time. After 1600, self-appointed investigators used the model of the land and cartographic surveys of the newly unified state to observe and order subjects such as agronomy, medicine, gastronomy, commerce, travel, and entertainment. They subsequently circulated their findings through a variety of commercially printed texts:  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Elizabeth Berry
ISBN: 0520237668 9780520237667 9780520254176 0520254171
OCLC Number: 60697079
Description: xvii, 325 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. A traveling clerk goes to the bookstores --
2. The library of public information --
3. Maps are strange --
4. Blood right and merit --
5. The freedom of the city --
6. Cultural custody, cultural literacy --
7. Nation.
Series Title: Asia--local studies/global themes, 12.
Responsibility: Mary Elizabeth Berry.
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A quiet revolution in knowledge separated the early modern period in Japan from all previous time. This work considers the social processes that drove the information explosion of the 1600s. It shows  Read more...

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