State and Diplomacy in Early Modern Japan
Asia in the Development of the Tokugawa Bakufu
Ronald P. Toby
Ronald P. Toby argues that this isolationism was by no means so complete as traditionally supposed. He demonstrates that the Tokugawa shoguns conducted a foreign policy that established the shogunate's legitimacy, preserved Japan's security in an unstable environment, and buttressed her ideological pretensions to centrality in an East Asian order independent of the Chinese world order" more familiar to historians.
First published in 1984.