Hagi - a Feudal Capital in Tokugawa Japan
216 p. 9 halftones 23 cm
洋書に見る「日本」No. 30 (2019夏号)
洋書に見る「日本」No. 37 (2021春号)
New in paperback. Hardcover was published in 2019. This book is an urban and social history of this important town. It outlines the development of the layout of the city and its castle, relates this to the history of the Mori family, and their place in Japanese history, and sets Hagi in the context of the wider Choshu domain.
The western Japanese city of Hagi is the town in Japan which has preserved the greatest level of Tokugawa period (1600-1868) urban and architectural fabric. As such it is a major tourist destination for both Japanese and non-Japanese visitors. The city is also very important historically in that it was the capital of the feudal daimyo domain - Choshu - which spearheaded the reform movement from the 1850s onwards which led to the overthrow of the Tokugawa shogunate and the foundation of Japan in its modern form. This book, rich in detail and very well illustrated, is both an urban and social history of this important town. It outlines the development of the layout of the city and its castle, relates this to the history of its lords, the Mori family, and their place in Japanese history; and sets Hagi in the context of the wider Choshu domain. The book includes a discussion of contemporary arrangements aimed at preserving Hagi's historical heritage.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Genesis of the Mori family Chapter 2 The Site and its Setting Chapter 3 The Precedent of Osaka Chapter 4 The Construction of the Castle Chapter 5 Reclaiming the Site: the Struggle with Water Chapter 6 Laying Out the Town Chapter 7 The Road Systems Chapter 8 Land Use in Hagi Chapter 9 The Social Organisation of the Choshu domain Chapter 10 The National Regulation of Architecture Chapter 11 The Regulation of Architecture in the Choshu domain Conclusions