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Samurai Revolution: The Dawn of Modern Japan Seen Through the Eyes of the Shogun's Last Samurai

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9784805312353
Author(s): Romulus Hillsborough
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2013
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Dimensions: 136 x 215 x 39 (w x l x h)
Pages: 608

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'When people wonder who they should have as an ally, they're on the wrong track. What you want is an enemy. You can't get anything done without an enemy.' Katsu Kaishu, 'The Shogun's Last Samurai' Japan's dramatic rise from a political backwater to a great power; an inside look at the men and their times that shaped a nation.Samurai Revolution tells the fascinating story of Japan's transformation from a backward country of feudal lords and samurai under the control of the shogun into a modern industrialized nation under the unifying rule of the Emperor. Japan's modern revolution spanned the third-quarter of the nineteenth century; knowledge of this history is essential to understand how and why Japan evolved into the nation it is today. Samurai Revolution is divided into two books in one complete volume. Book I chronicles the series of tumultuous and bloody events between 1853 and 1868, collectively called the Meiji Restoration, the 'dawn of modern Japan,' when the shogun's government was overthrown and the Emperor was restored to his ancient seat of power. Book 2 covers the first turbulent decade of the restored monarchy in which the new Imperial government worked desperately to consolidate its power and introduce innovations that would put Japan on equal footing with Western powers that threatened to dominate it. The government clashed with disgruntled samurai who felt left behind amid the whirlwind
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