The Fujiwara Regency, The Heian Period Essay

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The Heian Period, was a period of both chaos and beauty. Marked with the decline of the imperial family, and the rise of the Fujiwara Regency, the Heian period was filled with dramatic shifts of power, and the emergence of new political and economic powers. While literature and the arts prospered in court, as seen with the Tales of Genji, greed and manipulation also bled throughout. From the rise of the imperial statehood, and to the dominance of the aristocracy, the Heian Period was muddled with hierarchical court politics and culture, that bred a period of both the blossoming of the arts, and of intolerance and ignorance, which ultimately led to its downfall. Overall, the Heian Period, was a time of both prosperity and squalor, and in order to understand its intricacies, it must be understood within the context of its forebearers, the Asuka and the Nara Periods.
The Asuka Period, was an era of great reform. Buddhism and other foreign practices such as the Chinese written language, and the creation of an imperial state were instituted under Prince Shotoku and the Soga Family (who had emerged victorious in 507 after defeating the Uji nobility). After the death of Prince Shotoku and Soga Umako, tensions rose due to the questions of succession. Prince Naka, an insignificant member of the royal family, longed to rule Japan, and together with Nakatomi no Kamatari, staged a coup d’etat that eliminated the Soga Family, and placed Naka on the imperial throne of Japan.
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