A masterful synthesis of current scholarship... brilliant... excellent.
(Herman Ooms Journal of Asian Studies
Souryi dexterously handles historiographical controversies with a light and kindly touch.
Thought provoking.... Whoever wants to get a broad picture of the current state of the art in the field of Japanese medieval history should read this book.
(Reinhard Zöllner (of the French edition) Monumenta Nipponica
The World Turned Upside Down is an indispensable addition to the growing corpus examining this vital era when the Japanese world truly did seem to be in total upheaval.
A solid social history filling a void in the present English literature on social history in the Japanese Middle Ages.
(James Guthrie Sixteenth Century Journal
Pierre Souyri does not burden the reader with detail that a new student will simply be unable to absorb, but tells interesting stories that will linger in the memory...I am pleased that Professor Souyri has produced this book and I believe it will be a useful aid to undergraduate teaching...
(Tom Nelson School of Oriental & African Studies
A lively account of medieval Japan which builds on recent Japanese historiography, and which offers a wealth of new information on social organization. It is certain to challenge some of the received wisdom about medieval Japan and to stimulate discussion.
(Thomas LaMarre, McGill University)