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The chrysanthemum throne : a history of the emperors of Japan

Author: Peter Martin
Publisher: Honolulu : University of Hawai'i Press, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : National government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this first general study of the Japanese imperial institution throughout its history, Peter Martin brings together inaccessible material, much of it available only in Japanese. He surveys the history and political and religious status of the monarchy of Japan from its mythological origins to our own times.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, National government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Martin
ISBN: 0824820290 9780824820299
OCLC Number: 37379882
Notes: "A latitude 20 book."
Description: xi, 175 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Gods, Giants and Methuselahs --
2. Shaping a Monarchy --
3. Vision and Extravagance at the Imperial Court --
4. Child Emperors and Abdications --
5. The Great Imperial Schism --
6. Hard Times --
7. Improving Fortunes --
8. Reinventing the Monarchy --
9. Showa: Last of the Living Gods --
10. The Monarchy Deconstructed --
The Traditional List of Emperors and Empresses Regnant.
Responsibility: Peter Martin.

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In this first general study of the Japanese imperial institution throughout its history, Peter Martin brings together inaccessible material, much of it available only in Japanese. He surveys the history and political and religious status of the monarchy of Japan from its mythological origins to our own times.

The Chrysanthemum Throne tells a fascinating story of the ebb and flow of the fortunes of the Japanese imperial dynasty, often mere puppets manipulated by the real wielders of power - the feudal warlords and later the shoguns. In the Heian period (794-1185) the imperial court at Kyoto was the centre for a remarkable flowering of cultural activity, with the emperors as patrons of the arts. Thereafter, the imperial court went into decline, but saw a remarkable renaissance after the reopening of Japan in the nineteenth century. Peter Martin throws new light on the role played by the throne since the Meiji restoration in 1868 and Japan's subsequent emergence as one of the two leading economic powers in the world today.

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