Shimotsuma Domain

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The Shimotsuma Domain (下妻藩 Shimotsuma-han?) was a Japanese domain of the Edo period, located in Hitachi Province (modern-day Shimotsuma, Ibaraki). The domain was disestablished in 1871. Its last ruler, Inoue Masaoto, became a viscount in the Meiji era.

In the han system, Shimotsuma was a political and economic abstraction based on periodic cadastral surveys and projected agricultural yields.[1] In other words, the domain was defined in terms of kokudaka, not land area.[2] This was different from the feudalism of the West.

Its government under the Inoue was perpetually unstable due to several of the Inoue lords dying young and in quick succession.

List of lords[edit]

  1. Shigetsune (r. 1591-1601)
  1. Yorifusa (r. 1606-1609)
  1. Tadamasa (r. 1615-1616)
  1. Sadatsuna (r. 1616-1618)
  1. Masanaga (r. 1712-1720)
  2. Masaatsu (r. 1720-1753)
  3. Masatoki (r. 1753-1760)
  4. Masamune (r. 1760-1784)
  5. Masaki (r. 1784-1789)
  6. Masahiro (r. 1789-1814?)
  7. Masanori (r. 1814?-1816)
  8. Masatomo (r. 1816-1819)
  9. Masatami (r. 1819-1828)
  10. Masakata (r. 1828-1845)
  11. Masayoshi (r. 1845-1852)
  12. Masanobu (r. 1852-1856)
  13. Masakane (r. 1856-1866)
  14. Masaoto (r. 1866-1871)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mass, Jeffrey P. and William B. Hauser. (1987). The Bakufu in Japanese History, p. 150.
  2. ^ Elison, George and Bardwell L. Smith (1987). Warlords, Artists, & Commoners: Japan in the Sixteenth Century, p. 18.

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