This week, we go back to address a glaring flaw from episode 10: my total lack of discussion of the countryside. Rural life in the Edo Period involved a lot more than simply farming from dawn to sunset, and this week we’ll get into exactly what it meant to be a peasant in the golden age of the samurai.
Listen to the episode here.
Crawcour, Sydney, “Economic Change in the Nineteenth Century” in The Cambridge History of Japan, Vol 5.
Hanley, Susan. Everyday Things in Premodern Japan.
Smith, Thomas C. Native Sources of Japanese Industrialization
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