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In some villages, such records have been well preserved, and detailed studies of them have been begun recently by economic historians. ) If social anthropologists can co-operate in this task, the results will be the greater. ethod of increasing their income by letting the whole of their land out to be farmed by tenants. However, these were rather exceptional cases, and most landowners of this period were still farming landowners who cultivated their land theIuselves with the help of tenants or farm servants.

It is inlportant here to note that the patron and client relationship between the honbyakusho and the kakaebyakusho was theoretically adjustable in the face of changing economic situations. In fact during the Tokugawa period, there had been considerable changes in the fortunes of households.

It. would be difficul~ to accolnmodate Inore than one set of nlarned collateral relatIves in an ordinary peasant dwelling house .. The. househol~ nlust divide sooner or later. Indeed the reSIdential separatIon of grown-up sons and daughter~, ot~er th~n the suc~essor, constantly appears throughout the penod, In spIte of vanous attelnpts to IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE avoid the separation of a household with its consequent subdivision of the property. Then how were these extra Inembers accomlnodated?

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