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Japanese Cultural History
a series of illustrated lectures

The Way of the Warrior

( 1185 - 1600 )


The illustrated presentation to follow consists of one hundred and seventeen images (with accompanying written narration) displayed over a series of eighty 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 - ARISTOCRATIC JAPAN covers four fundamental topics and themes: 
  1. the historical process whereby the military - aristocracy came to exercise political power over the centralized state;
  2. the development of warrior cultural values and the impact of Buddhism on those values; 
  3. the developing patterns of religious, artistic, literary and architectural traditions associated with "The Way of the Warrior", the cultural style of the Military - Aristocratic period in Japanese history; and  
  4. the loss of centralized political control during the final century of military - aristocratic rule to local daimyo feudal lords.
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. 



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