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Early Modern Japan by Conrad D. Totman
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May 08, 10

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Whatever issues I may have with Totman - his unexamined use of words such as "early modern," "japan," and "venture capital" - I admire his attention to ecological history, and his complication of the terms of the stagnation of the Tokugawa era. Someone could really do some interesting work using his sort of hints about the different temporalities involved in using different resources, such as old growth forests, commercial fertilizer, etc.

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