Traces the history of the Japanese monarchy, discusses the role of the emperor in Japanese society, and describes court life and the caste system.
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The religious and political roles of the emperors of Japan, from historic origins to the present day, is presented in fascinating and sympathetic detail in this semipopular work. Packard has previously written on the British monarchy ( The Queen and Her Court) and the Vatican (Peter's Kingdom) , and he provides similar kinds of information here, e . g., on the functioning of the imperial household, court life, etc. Packard deftly combines a historical narrative with a depiction of the evolving imperial institution in a book that general readers and specialists will find accessible and interesting. Evelyn S. Rawski, Univ. of Pittsburgh
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"The Japanese monarchy is the oldest and most mystery-enshrouded in existence, and this social history of it, the first comprehensive modern one to be published, is engrossing," stated PW. "Writing in a style at once scholarly and entertaining . . . Packard provides a mass of interesting information about the austerities, rituals and daily routine of a Japanese monarch's life." PW chose this as one of the best nonfiction books of 1987. Photos.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Book Description Collier Books, New York, 1988. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. First Paper. 5.5x8.25. ".tells the little-known story of Japan's monarchs, men - and a few women - who for nearly two millennia stood incontestably as Japan's supreme fount of authority. A rare glimpse into court life, sexual mores, religious observance, development of the caste system, adnt he laws of succession." Japan is the most populous nation in the world today with a hereditary monarch. xv+400 pages, photos, bibilography, glossary, index. Published @ $12.95. Bookseller Inventory # 1217
Book Description Collier Books, 1989. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 1st Collier Books ed. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0020232810
Book Description Collier Books, 1989. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110020232810