Economic Institutional Change in Tokugawa Japan: Ōsaka and the Kinai Cotton Trade

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Cambridge University Press, 1974 - Coton - Industrie et commerce - 239 pages
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Originally published in 1974, this volume deals with economic and social change in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Japan, by means of a case study of the cotton trade in Ōsaka and the surrounding Kinai region. The development of the Ōsaka cotton trade is studied to illustrate the growth of new kinds of commercial institutions to regularize trading patterns and the changing interaction between merchant groups and the Tokugawa bakufu. A picture is presented of the changing interaction between urban and rural merchants and the ability of cotton cultivating villages to organize and contest urban merchant and governmental attempts to limit their commercial activities. The result is a revised interpretation of the effective coercive powers of the Tokugawa bakufu with respect to socio-economic change. Evidence is offered to illustrate the ability of urban and rural traders to assert their own interests in opposition to Tokugawa efforts at economic controls.
  

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Contents

16001720
7
17201868
33
Establishment and Consolidation
59
Institutional Decline
86
Cotton Cultivating and Processing in the Kinai Region
117
Changes in Cotton Marketing in the Kinai Region
143
Conclusions
174
Notes
191
Bibliography
211
Glossary
225
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