Tanuma Okitsugu, 1719-1788, Forerunner of Modern Japan

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Harvard University Press, 1955 - Biography & Autobiography - 208 pages
The author has used Japanese sources almost exclusively in this study of Tanuma, who rose from being a page to become a feudal lord of wealth and influence. His state policies were based on practical and progressive reasoning. His liberal policies might have brought an end to a long period of national seclusion and hastened Japan on the path toward modernization. However he failed, and instead went down in disgrace.

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The Tokugawa Administrative System
Tanuma Okitsugu Favorite of the Tenth Shogun
Filling the Tokugawa Coffers

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