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May 31, 2011
Photo by A. Sue Weisler

The Sakoku Edicts and the Politics of Tokugawa Hegemony, by Michael Laver, RIT assistant professor of history, offers one of the first thorough translations and examinations of Japan’s Sakoku, or “closed country,” Edicts. The series of laws, first established in 1635, were designed to restrict the influence of European trade, culture and Christianity on Japanese society and continued to characterize Japan until the 1850s.

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