This week, we’re going to stay in the Sengoku but take a step away from all this samurai action to ask: what’s everybody else up to? From farmers in the countryside enjoying the fruits of a more commercialized economy (while fearing being raided by marauding armies) to merchant towns asserting their authority against warlords, it’s a fascinating look into a neglected piece of the era’s history.
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