Tour of Duty: Samurai, Military Service in Edo, and the Culture of Early Modern Japan

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Alternate attendance (sankin kotai) was one of the central institutions of Edo-period (1603-1868) Japan and one of the most unusual examples of a system of enforced elite mobility in world history. It required the daimyo to divide their time between their domains and the city of Edo, where they waited upon the Tokugawa shogun. Based on a prodigious amount of research in both published and archival primary sources, Tour of Duty renders alternate attendance as a lived experience, for not only the daimyo but also the samurai ...

Tour of Duty: Samurai, Military Service in EDO, and the Culture of Early Modern Japan 2009, University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu

ISBN-13: 9780824834708

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