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Gukanshō (愚管抄) is a Japanese historical and literary work about the history of the country. The work was written around 1220 by a Buddhist priest. The author's name was Jien.[1]

Jien, the author of Gukanshō (as rendered in a portrait found in the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu.)

In Gukanshō, Jien created a chronicle of the lives of the emperors. Jien wrote about political and military conflicts within the Imperial court. He wrote about disputes with others outside the court.[2]

Contents[change | change source]

The text is composed of three major sections:

  1. Volumes 1 and 2 consist of imperial chronicle beginning with Emperor Jimmu and concluding with Emperor Juntoku.
  2. Volumes 3 through 6 present a historical analysis.
  3. Volume 7 offers a summary.[3]

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Notes[change | change source]

  1. Brownlee, John. (1991). Political thought in Japanese historical writing: from "Kojiki" (712) to "Tokushi Yoron" (1712). pp. 92-102.
  2. Brown, Delmer M. (1975). Gukanshō, pp. 402-403.
  3. Brownlee, p. 96.

References[change | change source]

  • Okami, Masao and Toshihide Akamatsu. (1967). Gukanshō. Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten Publishing. ISBN 4-0006-0086-9 (Japanese)