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This highly readable book offers a rich narrative of Japan’s early modern – or Tokugawa – period (). Drawing on an extensive body of scholarship. EVERY time I have taught my course on the history of Japan’s early modern period, I have reluctantly Finally, Conrad Totman has answered the call of more. Early Modern Japan has 33 ratings and 2 reviews. Chelsea said: Whatever issues I may have with Totman – his unexamined use of words such as early modern.

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Conrad Totman

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University of Hawaii Press, c Language English View all editions Prev Next edition 4 of 4. Author Totman, Conrad D. Subjects Lumber trade — Japan — History. Summary This concise volume surveys three hundred years in the history of the lumber industry in early modern Tokugawa Japan. In earlier works, Conrad Totman examined environmental aspects of Japan’s early modern forest history; here he guides readers through the inner workings of lumber provision for urban construction, providing a wealth of detail on commercial and technological systems of provision while focusing on the convoluted commercial arrangements that moved timber from forest to city despite exceptionally severe environmental and financial obstacles.


Based on scrupulous scholarship in the vast Japanese secondary literature on forest history, The Lumber Industry in Early Modern Japan brings to light materials previously unavailable in English and synthesizes these within a thoughtful ecological framework.

Its penetrating examination of the patterns of cooperation and conflict throughout the industry adds significantly to the scholarly corpus that challenges the stock image of Tokugawa rulers and merchants as social enemies. Instead it supports the fonrad of those who have noted the interdependent character of political and economic elites and the long-term strengthening of rural sectors of society vis-a-vis urban sectors.

English-Language Approaches to Tokugawa Commerce 2.

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An Overview of Lumber Provisioning 3. The Process of Timber Transport 4.

Entrepreneurial Lumbering in Yamaguni 5. A Plant Species App. B Table of Measurements App.

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