March 2016: New Titles in the 'Historical Regeneration Project'
Four new titles in the Miyagi Shiryō Net 'Historical Regeneration Project' have been released by Banzan Shobō in March 2016.
The new titles are as follows:
TAKAHASHI Yoshitaka "A Social History of Forestry in Sendai Domain: The Forests and People's Livelihoods on the Sanriku Coast"
When talking about the Sanriku Coast, the teeming fisheries of the region usually come first to mind, but the region also has extensive forests covering the mountains which line the coast. In the Edo period, the abundance of timber and proximity of water transport meant that Sendai Domain set up extensive forest plantations in the mountainous hinterland. The marine products processing and the salt-making industries in the ports along the coast consumed large amounts of firewood and charcoal from the forests. This booklet examines the interaction between the people who lived between the sea and the forests, and the history of the forests themselves.
Since the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011, the preservation of historical documents has become a matter of preparing for future natural disasters and loss of documents due to changes in local society. The recently discovered Endō Family Documents span a period from Japan's medieval to early modern age. The booklet examines the process whereby a private collection of documents turned into a collection with public value.
Price: ¥800 plus tax.
In the later half of the Edo Period (c1750 to 1850), an old established family who lived near the mouth of the Kitakami River in present-day Ishinomaki, worked together with the lord of the village and the villagers to inure their village against devastating damage from the famines which periodically lay waste to the region. The family built a grain storehouse to provide emergency food in famines, and opened up salt-pans to provide a new source of cash income for the area. This booklet documents the struggle of the people living at the mouth of this great river to make their village a secure and thriving community.
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