Urban Life in Ichijôdani, Japan, a Late Medieval Provincial City

November 5, 2020 - 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Morgan Pitelka (Asian Studies & History, UNC-Chapel Hill)
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The city of Ichijôdani served as the capital of Echizen Province for approximately one century during Japan’s late medieval period. It was a vibrant and successful urban center built around the residential complex of a warlord (daimyo) who had seized power in the civil wars of the late 15th century. This presentation will introduce the history and archaeology of the city and its residents, then consider the implications of its complete destruction in 1573 as part of Japan’s “unification” process.

Morgan Pitelka, Chair, Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and Professor, Asian Studies and History, UNC-Chapel Hill, will be presenting on Urban Life in Ichijôdani, Japan, a Late Medieval Provincial City.  This presentation draws on his book manuscript, Reading Medieval Ruins: A Material History of Urban Life and Destruction in Sixteenth Century Japan, and the discussion will be facilitated by Simon Partner, Professor of History, Duke University.

Advance registration is required for this Zoom meeting.

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  • Asian/Pacific Studies Institute