Pre-Industrial Urbanism in Japan: A Consideration of Multiple Traditions in a Feudal Society

@article{Smith1960PreIndustrialUI,
  title={Pre-Industrial Urbanism in Japan: A Consideration of Multiple Traditions in a Feudal Society},
  author={Robert John Smith},
  journal={Economic Development and Cultural Change},
  year={1960},
  volume={9},
  pages={241 - 257}
}
  • R. Smith
  • Published 1 October 1960
  • History
  • Economic Development and Cultural Change
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