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Lovable Losers: The Heike in Action and Memory

Mikael S. Adolphson and Anne Commons


Defeated by the Seiwa Genji in the Genpei war of 1180-85, the Heike have been commemorated and celebrated during subsequent centuries in a wide range of literary and artistic works, while being remembered historically as failures as both courtiers and warriors. This view of the Heike is challenged by new research that makes clear their roles as proponents of international trade and as forerunners of the Kamakura shogunate, laying the foundation for a new political and economic age. Covering topics from the Heike’s twelfth-century trade and religious patronage to their depiction in postwar Japa ... More

Keywords: Japan, history, literature, religion, film, samurai, Taira, Heike monogatari, shogunate

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780824846756
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824846756.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mikael S. Adolphson, editor
University of Alberta

Anne Commons, editor

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