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- n. Plural form of shogunate.
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The Polynesians and the ancient Icelanders and the shogunates of feudal Japan were a different kind of preindustrial society: they had well-defined leisure classes.
The immense duration of the Japanese imperial dynasty, as contrasted  with the history of the various shogunates and regencies representing a merely military domination, illustrates this teaching in a most remarkable way.
Here we have evidence of that extreme power of resisting all changes which is inherently characteristic of religious conservatism; on the other hand, the history of shogunates and regencies proves the tendency to disintegration of institutions having no religious foundation, and therefore no religious power of cohesion.