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Coins, Trade, and the State: Economic Growth in Early Medieval Japan by Ethan Isaac Segal (review)

Coins, Trade, and the State: Economic Growth in Early Medieval Japan by Ethan Isaac Segal (review) journal of world history, december 2012 Coins, Trade, and the State: Economic Growth in Early Medieval Japan. By ethan isaac segal. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Asia Center, 2011. 258 pp. $39.95 (cloth). In Coins, Trade, and the State: Economic Growth in Early Medieval Japan, Ethan Segal traces the use of imported Chinese coins from the mid twelfth century, when these coins first started to make an appearance, to the later thirteenth century, when imported coinage infused even rural areas of Japan and became the primary medium of exchange in a variety of economic dealings both local and nonlocal, replacing other forms of "money" such as cloth or rice. This process, especially involving as it did the use of a coinage that was largely imported, is interesting in and of itself, but Segal's purpose holds to examine the role that an increasingly cash-based economy had on medieval Japanese society. His two major contentions in this regard are that the coins that spread across all spectrums of the Japanese economy did so without the backing of the traditional elites, especially the court nobles of Heian, and indeed in the face of their overt hostility to imported coinage. It would not http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of World History University of Hawai'I Press

Coins, Trade, and the State: Economic Growth in Early Medieval Japan by Ethan Isaac Segal (review)

Journal of World History , Volume 23 (4) – May 24, 2012

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journal of world history, december 2012 Coins, Trade, and the State: Economic Growth in Early Medieval Japan. By ethan isaac segal. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Asia Center, 2011. 258 pp. $39.95 (cloth). In Coins, Trade, and the State: Economic Growth in Early Medieval Japan, Ethan Segal traces the use of imported Chinese coins from the mid twelfth century, when these coins first started to make an appearance, to the later thirteenth century, when imported coinage infused even rural areas of Japan and became the primary medium of exchange in a variety of economic dealings both local and nonlocal, replacing other forms of "money" such as cloth or rice. This process, especially involving as it did the use of a coinage that was largely imported, is interesting in and of itself, but Segal's purpose holds to examine the role that an increasingly cash-based economy had on medieval Japanese society. His two major contentions in this regard are that the coins that spread across all spectrums of the Japanese economy did so without the backing of the traditional elites, especially the court nobles of Heian, and indeed in the face of their overt hostility to imported coinage. It would not

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Published: May 24, 2012

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