The Gates of Power: Monks, Courtiers, and Warriors in Premodern Japan
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472pp. August 2000
The Gates of Power: Monks, Courtiers, and Warriors in Premodern Japan
Author: Adolphson, Mikael;
The political influence of temples in premodern Japan, most clearly manifested in divine demonstrations—where rowdy monks and shrine servants brought holy symbols to the capital to exert pressure on courtiers—has traditionally been condemned and is poorly
"A judicious, detailed, and highly informative account of a complicated history. Relations between the court and the religious elite are extremely confusing, and Adolphson has done an admirable job of sorting out the conflicts and guiding us through them.
Author: Adolphson, Mikael;
Mikael Adolphson is assistant professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University.
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List of Maps and Figures

Acknowledgments

A Note on Translation and Japanese Names

Introduction

1. Monastic Developments in the Heian Age

2. Capital Politics and Religious Disturbances in the Shirakawa Era (1072 – 1129)

3. Temples as Allies o




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