By Conrad Totman
This thoughtfully geared up survey of Japan's early glossy interval (1568-1868) is a awesome combination of political, monetary, highbrow, literary, and cultural historical past. the single really finished research in English of the Tokugawa interval, it additionally introduces a brand new ecological standpoint, protecting common failures, source use, demographics, and river regulate.
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As for her husband, who is preoccupied with his own world, she knows that it would be useless to confide in him. Such an atmosphere is ripe terrain for the cultivation of the darkest of thoughts concerning marriage, husbands, even relationships. Some young women actually contemplate killing themselves and their child. I think I’m going mad from always being alone with my child! It would appear that those who practise tenuki, that is those who manage to reduce the amount of housework they do to an absolute minimum, have a strong sense of self-preservation.
53–6). ’ One evening, when Yûki Misae was extremely tired, her child kept crying for no apparent reason since he had a full stomach and had just been changed. In her book she remembers: Murderous thoughts flashed through my mind. I told myself that if I were to smash him against the wall he would shatter! Good riddance! A job well done! There would still be time to have another but I didn’t want to have anything more to do with this wretched child who was poisoning my life! Yes, I can honestly say that I did entertain such thoughts and I don’t know by what miracle I was able to control myself.
37 YOUNG MOTHERS IN A DILEMMA 29 Here is an extreme example of a 34-year-old mother of four (three girls aged 8, 4 and 2 and a boy of 6) recorded during a call to the battered child help line: Although I have four children, however hard I try, I find it impossible to love the third one. The other three are adorable, but this one is wilful, idle and has given me nothing but grief. She is a fussy eater, which has the effect of exasperating me, and I cannot help but beat or kick her. She is covered in bumps and bruises and I have several times had to take her to the hospital with fractures.