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13861Re: Gokenin

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  • Otagiri Tatsuzou
    Apr 1, 2004
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      --- In sca-jml@yahoogroups.com, "Anthony J. Bryant" <ajbryant@i...> wrote:
      > During the Muromachi period, gokenin were vassals of the shogunate,
      as opposed
      > to samurai in general. That is, not all samurai owed service
      directly to the
      > shogunate; most were in their clans, not. (Literally, gokenin is often
      > translated as "house-men" -- pointing out their connection to the
      shogunal
      > house)....
      >
      > Essentially, gokenin were middle-ranking samurai, and typically had
      middle-range
      > civil service type jobs (in the Edo period). Like any other samurai
      position, it
      > was inheritable, acquirable, marriable, and buyable. <G>
      >

      Was there a kind of institutional continuity for the gokenin from the
      Kamakura, through the Ashikaga, and into the beginning of the
      Tokugawa? Or did the Nobunaga/Hideyoshi/Tokugawa govenments
      reinvent/reestablish them from scratch?

      Otagiri
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