Economic Thought in Early Modern Japan

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  • Copyright: 2010-08-30
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Pub
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This volume explores early-modern formations of economic thought and policy in a country widely regarded as having followed a unique, non-Western path to capitalism. In discussing such topics as money and the state, freedom and control, national interest

Author Biography

Bettina Gramlich-Oka, Ph.D. (2006) in Japanese Studies, Tbingen University, is Assistant Professor of Japanese History at Sophia University, Tokyo. She has published on shogunal trade regulations and women of the Tokugawa period, including Thinking Like a Man: Tadano Makuzu (1763-1825) (Brill, 2006). Gregory Smits, Ph.D. (1992) in History, University of Southern California, is Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies at Pennsylvania State University. He has published on the 1855 Ansei Edo Earthquake and the early modern Ryukyu Kingdom, including Visions of Ryukyu: Identity and Ideology in Early-Modern Thought and Politics (Hawai'i, 1999).

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Foreword to the Volumep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
List of Mapsp. xix
List of Contributorsp. xxi
Introduction: The Autonomy of Market Activity and the Emergence of Keizai Thoughtp. 1
Money and the State: Medieval Precursors of the Early Modern Economyp. 21
Economic Thought Concerning Freedom and Controlp. 47
Guiding Horses with Rotten Reins: Economic Thought in the Eighteenth-Century Kingdom of Ryukyup. 67
The Shift to Domestic Sugar and the Ideology of 'The National Interest'p. 89
A Domain Doctor and Shogunal Policiesp. 111
The Economic Thought of Shoji Koki and the Tenpo Reforms in Saga Domainp. 157
Confucian Banking: The Community Granary (Shaso) in Rhetoric and Practicep. 179
From Tokugawa to Meiji: The Economic Thought of a Local Entrepreneur in the Early Meiji Erap. 205
Policy Space, Polarities, and Regimesp. 217
Glossaryp. 251
Referencesp. 261
Indexp. 287
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