By K. Henshall
In a unprecedented blend of entire assurance and sustained serious concentration, this e-book examines jap heritage in its entirety to spot the standards underlying the nation's development to superpower prestige. Japan's success is defined now not in simple terms in fiscal phrases, yet at a extra primary point, as a fabricated from historic styles of reaction to condition. Japan is proven to be a kingdom traditionally impelled by means of a practical choice to be triumphant. The e-book additionally highlights unresolved questions and little-known facts.
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Shortly afterwards these suffered extensive damage, along with considerable loss of life of those on board, when a violent storm blew up. The invaders withdrew to Korea, their numbers reduced by a third. The Japanese were alarmed at their own inferiority in terms of weaponry and cavalry tactics,43 and strengthened their preparations for an expected second attack. The Mongol invasion force of June 1281, which again landed at Hakata, was much larger. It comprised no fewer than 4,400 warships and 140,000 men.
Yamanoue Okura, the socially concerned Manyoshu poet who wrote much of his poetry in the early years of the Nara period, again offers a glimpse of life for the common people. One of his poems, ‘A Dialogue on Poverty', takes the form of a dialogue between a poor man and an even poorer one. 12 Wide as they call heaven and earth, For me they have shrunk quite small. Bright though they call the sun and moon, They never shine for me. Is it the same with all men, 26 A History of Japan Or for me alone?
17 Much of this private land was exempt from tax, meaning a serious decrease in taxation revenue for the government. Private land could be acquired in a number of ways, including purchase, but most importantly by the opening up of virgin land. In practice the effect of this was to make powerful families even more powerful, for usually they alone possessed the wherewithal to acquire tools and hire the necessary labour. 18 There is a need to be careful about the term ‘powerful', for in Japan there has long been a distinction between nominal power (authority) and real power.
A History of Japan: From Stone Age to Superpower by K. Henshall