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Lovable LosersThe Heike in Action and Memory$
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Mikael S. Adolphson and Anne Commons

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824846756

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824846756.001.0001

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Heike Trade and the Meaning of Wealth

Heike Trade and the Meaning of Wealth

(p.39) Chapter Three Heike Trade and the Meaning of Wealth
Lovable Losers

Charlotte Von Verschuer

University of Hawai'i Press

The author explores Taira no Kiyomori’s (1118-1181) trade activities as a means to acquire luxury items, especially from China, to reflect and strengthen his cultural and social position, in emulation of earlier figures such as the regent Fujiwara no Michinaga (966-1027). In pursuing this trade with China and developing a Heike maritime trade network, Kiyomori was following the earlier lead of his father Tadamori (1096-1153), and demonstrating ways in which Heike’s innovations allowed them to separate themselves from their competitors, and above all their aristocratic peers, even as they pursued assimilation into the social elite.

Keywords:   Taira no Kiyomori, Fujiwara no Michinaga, Fukuhara, trade, coinage, taxation

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