Shogun: The Life of Tokugawa Ieyasu

Tuttle Publishing, 2009/07/10 - 384 ページ
This book tells the fascinating history of the life of Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu — Japan's most famous Shogun.

Since its initial appearance, A.L.Sadler's imposing biography of the Japanese Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu has been recognized as an outstanding contribution to the knowledge of Japanese history. It is also considered the standard reference work on the period that saw the entrenchment of feudalism in Japan and the opening of some two and a half centuries of rigid isolation from the rest of the world.

In the course of Japanese history, there have been five great military leaders who by common consent stand out above the others of their type. Of these, two lived in the twelfth century, while the other three, Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu, were contemporary in the latter half of the sixteenth century. The last of these three, with whose life Mr. Sadler deals, may well be described as having perfected the shogunate system. Not only did Ieyasu found a dynasty of rulers and organize a powerful system of government, but also he rounded off his achievements by contriving before his death to arrange for his deification afterward.

As Mr. Sadler notes, "Tokugawa Ieyasu is unquestionably one of the greatest men the world has yet seen," and this fascinating account of Ieyasu's life and times is presented in a thoroughly absorbing narrative in which dramatic highlights abound.

Japan's feudal age came to a close in 1868 with the downfall of the Tokugawa Shogunate and the restoration of the Emperor to political power. The event marked the end of the powerful regime that Ieyasu established at the beginning of the seventeenth century. That it did not at the same time mark the eclipse of Ieyasu's greatness is sufficient testimony to the major role he played in his country's history. It is to A. L. Sadler's lasting credit that he has brought this eminent but often ruthless military leader so vividly to life.

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24 Kuroda JŌsui and Kyushu
25 The Building of Edo
26 The coming of the Dutch
27 Ieyasu and New Spain
28 Luchu and Formosa
29 The Madre De Dios Affair
30 The Fall of Okubo Tadachika
31 The English Company

5 Tokugawa Ieyasu Lord Of Mikawa and Totomi
6 The Retreat from Echizen and The Battle of the Anegawa
7 Mikatagahara
8 Kuroda JŌsui Or Simon Kondera
9 Ieyasus Family Tragedy
10 Nagashino and The Fall of the Hose of Takeda
11 Death of Nobunaga Ieyasus flight through Iga
12 Ieyasu Gets Kai and Shinano
13 Lord of five Provinces Ieyasu Opposes Hideyoshi
14 The Komaki Campaign
15 After Komaki
16 Isolation of Ieyasu
17 Ieyasus Second Marriage and Alliance with HŌjŌ
18 His Submission to Hideyoshi He visits the Capital
19 The Kwanto Campaign
20 Ieyasu Enters Edo
21 The Korean Campaign and Death of Hideyoshi
22 The Sekigahara Campaign
23 Hosokawa Tadaoki his wife and his Father
32 Date Masamunes Mission to Europe
33 Ieyasu and Hideyori
34 Osaka The Winter Campaign
35 The Summer Campaign
36 Honami KŌetsu
37 The Three Jinnai of Edo
38 Literary Taste of the Mikado and Shogun
39 The Hondas
40 Death of Ieyasu
41 Ieyasus Family
42 Ieyasus Personal Habits and Views
43 Tokugawa Legislation
44 The Legacy of Ieyasu

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