Architecture and Authority in Japan

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Psychology Press, 1996 - Architecture - 337 pages
Japanese architecture is one of the most inspired manifestations of Japanese civilization. This study argues that architectural forms are more than just symbols of the institutions that created them. William H. Coaldrake explores the symbiotic relationship between architecture and authority throughout Japanese history, exploring key structures and how they have been used as active conveyors of power, relating buildings to the political ambitions and religious beliefs of the major historical eras in Japan.
 

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Contents

Authority in Architecture
1
The Grand Shrines of Ise and Izumo
16
Great Halls of Religion and State
52
Heian Palaces and Kamakura Temples
81
The Changing Countenances of Aristocratic and Warrior Power
104
Nijö Castle and the Psychology of Architectural Intimidation
138
1
150
Tokugawa Mausolea
163
Building the Meiji State
208
Tange Kenzös Tokyo Monuments
251
2
254
8
261
12
268
Beyond Vanity and Evanescence
278
Chronological Table
314
265
325

Shogunal and Daimyo Gateways
193

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About the author (1996)

William H. Coaldrake is Foundation Professor of Japanese at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

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