Spectacular Accumulation

Morgan Pitelka. Spectacular Accumulation: Material Culture, Tokugawa Ieyasu, and Samurai Sociability. University of Hawaii Press, 2016. Winner of the 2016 Book Prize from the Southeastern Conference of the Association of Asian Studies. 

The book is based on a decade of research into the documentary and material evidence from sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Japan, focusing on the ways in which elite samurai used art, swords, and other forms of material culture in politics and social relations.

The book examines: