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Discerning the Antecedents of Land Tenure and Military Nobility in Feudal Japan since the 7th Century

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DOI: 10.23977/history.2018.11001 | Downloads: 29 | Views: 4092


Agney G K 1


1 Mar Thoma College, M G University, Thiruvalla, Kerala, India

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Agney G K


This paper illustrates the various phases in the development of feudal tendencies in Japan, with special reference to the disintegrating centralised administration, the tax immune sho, the transferable shiki and the final over powering of the civil nobility by the military nobility, since the Yomato period to the 13th century. The paper particularly throws light on how misguided and ill calculated politico-economic reforms, like the Taika reforms of the 7th century, were instrumental in overthrowing the existing nature of land relations and provincial administrative apparatus and give way to the accumulation of landed property by both the nobles and the Buddhist church and to a powerful military nobility with strong regional roots.




Agney G K, Discerning the Antecedents of Land Tenure and Military Nobility in Feudal Japan since the 7th Century. Lecture Notes on History (2018) 1: 1-7.


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