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Shinsengumi: The Shogun's Last Samurai Corps

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andlt;iandgt;Shinsengumi: The Shogun's last Samurai Corpsandlt;/iandgt; is the true story of the notorious samurai corps formed in 1863 to arrest or kill the enemies of the Tokugawa Shogun. The only book in English about the Shinsengumi, it focuses on the corps' two charismatic leaders, Kondo Isami and Hijikata Toshizo, both impeccable swordsmen. It is a historyand#8211;inand#8211;brief of the final years of the Bakufu, which collapsed in 1867 with the restoration of Imperial rule. In writing Shinsengumi, Hillsborough referred mostly to Japaneseand#8211;language primary sources, including letters, memoirs, journals, interviews, and eyewitness accounts, as well as definitive biographies and histories of the era.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;The fall of the shogun's government (Togugawa Bakufu, or simply Bakufu) in 1868, which had ruled Japan for over two and a half centuries, was the greatest event in modern Japanese history.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;The revolution, known as the Meiji Restoration, began with the violent reaction of samurai to the Bakufu's decision in 1854 to open the theretofore isolated country to "Western barbarians." Through opening the country was unavoidable, it was seen as a sign of weakness by the samurai who clamored to "expel the barbarians."andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Those samurai plotted to overthrow the shogun and restore the holy emperor to his ancient seat of power. Screaming "heaven's revenge," they wielded their swords with a vengeance upon those loyal to the Shogun.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;They unleashed a wave of terror at the center of the revolutionand#8212;the emperor's capital of Kyoto. Murder and assassination were rampant. By the end of 1862, hordes of renegade samurai, called ronin, had transformed the streets f the Imperial Capital into a "sea of blood."andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;The Shogun's administrators were desperate to stop the terror. A band of expert swordsmen were formed. It was given the name Shinsemgumi ("Newly Selected Corps")and#8212; and commissioned to eliminate the ronin and other enemies of the Bakufu. With unrestrained brutality bolstered by an official sanction to kill, the Shinsengumi soon became the shogun's most dreaded security force.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;In this vivid historical narrative of the Shinsengumi, the only one in the English language, author Romulus Hillsborough paints a provocative and thrilling picture of this most fascinating period in Japanese history.

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The Tokugawa Shogunate, which ruled Japan until the late 1800s, stayed in power for more than two centuries before falling during the Meiji Restoration. In this vivid historical narrative of the Shinsengumi, author Romulus Hillsborough uses letters, memoirs, interviews and eyewitness accounts to paint a provocative and thrilling picture of a fascinating period in Japanese history.

Synopsis:

The Tokugawa Shogunate, which ruled Japan until the late 1800s, stayed in power for more than two centuries before falling during the Meiji Restoration. In this vivid historical narrative of the andlt;iandgt;Shinsengumiandlt;/iandgt;, author Romulus Hillsborough uses letters, memoirs, interviews and eyewitness accounts to paint a provocative and thrilling picture of a fascinating period in Japanese history.

About the Author

andlt;bandgt;Romulus Hillsboroughandlt;/bandgt; is a native Californian who lived in Japan for over fifteen years. He is the author of two other books on the samurai, andlt;iandgt;Ryomaandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;Samurai Talesandlt;/iandgt;. He lives in California with his family.

Product Details

ISBN:
9784805311196
Author:
Hillsborough, Romulus
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Subject:
Asia - Japan
Subject:
Military - Other
Subject:
Modern - 19th Century
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
World History-Japan
Subject:
samurai history; shogun; bushido; japan; japanese history
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
No Series
Publication Date:
20110531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
bandamp;w photos; maps; line drawings
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8 x 5.13 in

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Product details 256 pages Tuttle Publishing - English 9784805311196 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The Tokugawa Shogunate, which ruled Japan until the late 1800s, stayed in power for more than two centuries before falling during the Meiji Restoration. In this vivid historical narrative of the Shinsengumi, author Romulus Hillsborough uses letters, memoirs, interviews and eyewitness accounts to paint a provocative and thrilling picture of a fascinating period in Japanese history.
"Synopsis" by , The Tokugawa Shogunate, which ruled Japan until the late 1800s, stayed in power for more than two centuries before falling during the Meiji Restoration. In this vivid historical narrative of the andlt;iandgt;Shinsengumiandlt;/iandgt;, author Romulus Hillsborough uses letters, memoirs, interviews and eyewitness accounts to paint a provocative and thrilling picture of a fascinating period in Japanese history.
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