Mammas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Samurai

David Howell, Professor of Japanese History, Harvard University

Who wouldn't want to be a samurai? Many people in Tokugawa Japan (1603-1868) indeed coveted samurai status, but there were also good reasons not to be a warrior. This talk will introduce some of them, and along the way it will also address the surprisingly difficult problem of pinning down the definition of “samurai”: who was a “real” samurai, and who was a pretender? Thinking about the nature of the samurai will help to explain how the Tokugawa status order maintained its integrity over time.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012 | 4:15 pm — 5:30 pm | RSVP
Philippines Conference Room, Encina Hall, 3rd Floor

Center for East Asian Studies
Department of History