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The task of suppressing the religion resulted in bringing the formerly autonomous feudal domains and their rulers more directly under the control of the shogunate. [...] turning Buddhist temples into instruments of social control brought them, too, more directly under government regulation. [...] as Hur demonstrates, the campaign against Christianity which by the eighteenth century was not even a negligible threat to the political and religious order-was central to the government's expansion of power.
Death and Social Order in Tokugawa Japan: Buddhism, Anti-Christianity, and th... Robert Entenmann Church History; Mar 2009; 78, 1; Docstoc pg. 208
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