Power and Society in Medieval
Europe and Japan:
Through the Lens of Western Historiography
Profs. Joan Piggott and Paul Hyams
(MG 307; 257-3168;
firstname.lastname@example.org) MF 1:30-2:30,
also M 5-5:30 (Class of "18 Hall, West Campus)
Edward Peters, Europe and the Middle Ages (3rd edn.)
H.G. Koenigsberger, Europe 400-1500
David Crouch, William Marshal
Lancelot of the Lake, tr. Corley or The Nibelungenlied, tr. Hatto
Susan Reynolds, Fiefs and Vassals
Students will be required to complete the following:
- A Prelim;
one Research Paper with a comparative component, displaying a substantial element of comparison between Europe and Japan (the title to be cleared with both professors);
and performance as discussant.
- Regular attendance and energetic participation in seminar discussion is expected.
- Interested students may also attend lectures for Hist 190 (T, Th 9:05 - 9:55, McGraw 165) and, especially in the first 4 weeks, Hist 262 (MWF 11:15 - 12:05 UH 690).
Some texts have been ordered and are available in the bookstores, shelved under History 427. Others will be available only in the library. Core readings have been placed on Reserve in Uris Library. It is the responsibility of the discussants for the week to check that their week's readings are available on Reserve. Should anything be unavailable, please let one of us know early in the week! Carla Bahn, the invaluable Uris Reserve supervisor, is very helpful and may sometimes be able to solve the problem on the spot.
N.B. Two particularly useful reference works are the Kodansha Encyclopedia of Japan (in Olin/Kroch & Uris, +DS805 K76) and the Dictionary of the Middle Ages (Olin +D114.D55 and Uris D114.D55). On Japan, the eternal problem is to find respectable studies in English. The Cambridge History of Japan (only vols. 1 & 3 published to date) will make a helpful start when complete. Japanese readers (sic!) will find the Shögakukan Kokushi Daijiten extremely useful.
Jan 22 -- First Week Planning, Overview
Jan 29 -- Second Week Introduction to Medieval Europe I
LeGoff, Chaps. 1, 2 (140pp.)
T. Skocpol, "Uses of Comparative History"
Feb 5 -- Third Week An Introduction to Medieval Japan I
Optional: J. Piggott, Readings in Classical Japanese History & Readings in Medieval History (297 Readers)
Feb 12 -- Fourth Week Medieval Europe II
Optional: LeGoff, Chaps. 3, 4 (140 pp.)
Feb 19 -- Fifth Week Medieval Japan II: "Later Medieval" in Japan -- When and What?
Optional: K. Grossberg, Japanese Remaissance
Feb 26 -- Sixth Week Warrior Ethos in the Medieval Anglo-French World
March 5 -- Seventh Week Warrior Ethos in Early Medieval Japan
Optional: F. Jouon des Longrais', Age
de Kamakura and L'Est et L'Ouest
T. Tonomura, Women and Proeprty
H. Wakita, "Marriage and Property", J. Japanese Studies 10. 1
March 12 -- Eighth Week Local History: Southern Burgundy and the Maconnais, 10th-12th c.
G. Duby, "The Nobility in the 11th & 12th c. Maconnais," translated from La Societe...Maconnaise from F.L. Cheyette, Lordship and Community in Medieval Europe (1968).
G. Duby, "The Judicial Institutions of Southern Burgundy", 1947, excerpted from Duby, The Chivalrous Society.
J. Dunbabin, France in the Making 843-1180 (1985), pp. 63-66, 179-84, 305-310
J. LeGoff, pp. 90-95
March 26 -- Ninth Week Local history: Bizen in West Japan, 13th-16th c.
Hall, Government & Local Power,
Hall, "Foundations of the Modern Japanese Daimyo", in Piggott, Readings in Medieval Japanese History
April 2 -- Tenth Week Bonds of Society: Examining the Feudal Model I
Optional: E. Brown, "The Tyranny of a
Construct: Feudalism & Historians of the Middle Ages," AHR
B. Tierney, The Middle Ages I, pp. 127-28, 130, 134
D.Chirot, "The Social and Historical Landscape of Marc Bloch", in Skocpol, Vision
P. Duus, Feudalism in Japan
Piggott, Birth of the Samurai (Select Readings & Documents)
Nagahara Keiji, "Village Communities & Daimyo Power",
Kozo Yamamura, "Tara in Transition: A Study of a Kamakura Shoen"
Joan Piggott, "A Jito's success: The Nakazawa Jito of Oyama Estate"
April 9 -- Eleventh Week Law and Law Courts in 2 Medieval Societies: England & Japan
April 16 -- Twelfth Week The Warrior Hero in Medieval Europe
April 23 -- Thirteenth Week The Warrior Hero in Medieval Japan: Perspectives from the "Heike"
Mass, "The Emergence of the Kamakura Bakufu", in Hall & Mass, Medieval Japan, 127-56
B. Ruch, "The Other Side of Culture in Medieval Japan", in Cambridge History of Japan, vol. 3, 531-43
Barbara Arnn, Medieval Fiction & History in the Heike Monogatari
J. Piggott (transl.), "Ishimoda Sho's Perspectives on the Medieval World" (available from J.P)
Jin'ichi Konishi, A History of Japanese Literature, vol. 3, 331-49
Kenneth Butler, "The Heike & Japanese Warrior Ethic", Harvard J. of Asiatic Studies 29 (1969)
T. Hasegawa, "Early Stages of the Heike", Monumenta Nipponoica 22. 1-2 (1967)
K. Butler, "The Heike & Theories of Oral Epic Literature" (available from J.P)
Aldo Scaglione, Knights at Court
Do note also the Cornell symposium on "Heike Performances" to be held August 15-17 with star-studded cast from Japan and the US. All are welcome to sit in on presentations.
April 30 -- Fourteenth Week Religion in Medieval Europe/England and Japan??
Bernard Hamilton, Religion in the Medieval West (Campus Store HISTORY 262 shelf)
Optional: James Foard, "A Lost
Reformation", Japanese J. of Religious Studies 7. 4
Miyazaki, Fumiko, "Religious Life of the Kamakura Bushi", Monumenta Nipponica
Joseph Lynch, The Medieval Church
EXAM PERIOD, May 8-16
E&OE prh & jrp/1-97