Commercial Growth and Environmental Change in Early Modern Japan: Hachinohe's Wild Boar Famine of 1749

  title={Commercial Growth and Environmental Change in Early Modern Japan: Hachinohe's Wild Boar Famine of 1749},
  author={Robin L. Walker},
  journal={The Journal of Asian Studies},
  pages={329 - 351}
  • R. Walker
  • Published 1 May 2001
  • History
  • The Journal of Asian Studies
The only aspect of this bizarre famine that historians really know for sure is that the Hachinohe chroniclers of the day remembered it as the “wild boar famine” (inoshishi kegachi) of 1749. From what can be pieced together from the few available sources, thousands of peasants from Hachinohe died when an intensification of slash-and-burn farming, fueled by economic growth during the Tokugawa period (1600–1868), combined with terrestrial and climatological environmental changes and converged on… 
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