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Nara Japan, 749-757: A Translation from Shoku Nihongi Paperback – October 2, 2015
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About the Author
Ross Bender received the Ph.D. in Premodern Japanese History and Religion from Columbia University in 1980. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles, book reviews, translations, and the chapter on Nara in the textbook "Japan Emerging: Premodern History to 1850."
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