Book Announcement: Kyoto: An Urban History of Japan’s Premodern Capital

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KyotoKyoto: An Urban History of Japan’s Premodern Capital

by Matthew Stavros (University of Hawai’I Press, 2014)

For more information and to explore the companion web site, visit www.kyotohistory.com

Overview

Kyoto was Japan’s political and cultural capital for more than a millennium before the dawn of the modern era. Until about the fifteenth century, it was also among the world’s largest cities and, as the eastern terminus of the Silk Road, it was a place where the political, artistic, and religious currents of Asia coalesced and flourished. Despite these and many other traits that make Kyoto a place of both Japanese and world historical significance, the physical appearance of the premodern city remains largely unknown. Through a synthesis of textual, pictorial, and archeological sources, this work attempts to shed light on Kyoto’s premodern urban landscape with the aim of opening up new ways of thinking about key aspects of premodern Japanese…

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