What Life Was Like Among Samurai and Shoguns: Japan, AD 1000-1700 by Time-Life BooksThis beautifully illustrated volume (one of a world-history series from Time-Life books) tells the story of a grand empresss unstoppable ambition to determine who would rule her nation, as well as other compelling tales of the men and women of medieval Japan. It focuses upon the daily lives of emperors and artisans, samurai and poets, and courtesans and monks in the capitals of Kyoto and Edo, in the countryside, in various castle towns and military fortifications, and in action on the battlefield. The distinctive and colorful scroll paintings bring Japans people, places, and events vividly to life. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Lives of The Downtrodden in Early America
Stuart Britain: what was life like for ordinary people?
But what was life like for ordinary people during this time? Over the course of years, Stuart Britain witnessed events including the Gunpowder Plot of , the bloody civil wars of , and the beheading of King Charles I in One answer is that there is generally much more information available to us about this select group of people than there is about anyone else. The wealthy were more likely to be well educated — or educated enough so that they could read and write — and therefore we have more written accounts from them and about their lives. Nevertheless, we have been able to determine some of the features about the lives of everyday people who lived, worked and died in Stuart Britain. The majority of people during the era of Stuart Britain were poor, with a large portion living in terrible poverty. The 16th century witnessed a surge in population, which had a negative impact on living standards and led to an increase in poverty and hunger.
In the late 18th century life the industrial revolution began to transform life in Britain. Until then most people lived in the countryside and made their living from farming. By the mid 19th century most people in Britain lived in towns and made their living from mining or manufacturing industries. From a man named Thomas Newcomen made primitive steam engines for pumping water from mines. In James Watt patented a more efficient steam engine. In his engine was adapted to driving machinery in a cotton factory. The use of steam engines to drive machines slowly transformed industry.
Travelers described Americans as coarse-looking country folk. Most colonial folk wore their hair very long. Women and girls kept their hair covered with hats, hoods, and kerchiefs. Colonials made their own clothes from linen flax and wool; every home had a spinning wheel and a loom, and women sewed and knitted constantly, as cotton cloth would not be readily available until the nineteenth century. Plentiful dyes like indigo, birch bark, and pokeberries made colorful shirts, pants, dresses, socks and caps. Americans grew their own food and ate a great deal of corn—roasted, boiled, and cooked into cornmeal bread and pancakes. Hearty vegetables like squash and beans joined apples, jam, and syrup on the dinner table.