Part 3 of our Revised Introduction to Japanese History: the emergence of recorded history in Japan brings with it some more clarity on what’s happening, but also new uncertainties.
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Fuqua, Douglass. “Centralization and State Formation in Sixth- and Seventh-century Japan” in Japan Emerging: Premodern History to 1850. ed. Karl Friday
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The JHTI Nihon Shoki translation