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October 19, 1998 
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Japanese Cultural History
a series of illustrated lectures

The Floating World

( 1600 - 1868 )

The illustrated presentation to follow consists of one hundred and forty-four images (with accompanying written narration) displayed over a series of more than seventy linked screen "pages". It should take approximately sixty minutes to complete (depending largely on the speed of your modem connection). 
The material included in MILITARY - BUREAUCRATIC JAPAN covers six fundamental topics and themes: 
  1. the historical process whereby the leading military - bureaucratic power holders, the Tokugawa family, came to control the centralized state;
  2. the means used by the Tokugawa to establish and maintain their control over the centralized military government between 1600 and 1868; 
  3. the process of change and devlopment taking place in Japan during this same period (despite Tokugawa efforts to maintain an unchanging status quo orientation); 
  4. the various component parts making up Japan's first truely popular cultural style, characterized as "the floating world", which flourished in castletown and city;
  5. the ways in which these developments served to undermine Tokugawa power and authority; and ...
  6. the legacy left by the Edward Sylvester Morse Collection of Japanese Ethnology illustrating many of the features most closely associated with the Military-Bureaucratic period.
To gain the most from the presentation to follow, read through the accompanying terms and questions. These will help you to organize the material discussed and to highlight the most important points made in the written narration. 

As you proceed, be sure to examine each image for visual information illustrating the point made in the accompanying caption; figure out why that particular picture, diagram or chart was included. 

A written follow-up exercise (on a page that can be printed out for your personal use) concludes the presentation. A comment form for your reactions to the entire experience has also been included. 

Click on the button below to move to the next screen "page" in the presentation. 

created, designed and maintained by Lee A. Makela

( as part of a project
begun in February 1995 and completed in September 1998.