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William Bennet Munro History Seminar

Thursday, April 19, 2018
4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Dabney Hall 110 (Treasure Room)
Collective Violence in Rural Medieval Japan
Morten Oxenboell, Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Indiana University Bloomington,

Early medieval Japanese society (c. 1100-1400) was characterized by the reluctance of central powers to actively intervene in local disputes and conflicts; power and initiative were often left to contesting parties and local communities. Lack of trust in the willingness or abilities of central powers or estate owners to protect individuals and groups in the provinces forced the latter to organize and use violence as a conscious conflict strategy. In this talk Prof. Oxenboell will explore the ways rural communities managed conflicts and organized against internal and exterior aggressors.

For more information, please contact Cecilia Lu by phone at 626-395-1724 or by email at cecilial@caltech.edu.