In 1467 the Onin War ushered in a period of unrivalled conflict and rivalry in Japan that came to be called the Age of Warring States or Sengoku Jidai. In this book Stephen Turnbull offers a masterly exposition of the Sengoku Jidai, detailing the factors that led to Japan's disintegration into warring states after more than a century of peace; the years of fighting that followed; and the period of gradual fusion when the daimyo (great names) strove to reunite Japan under a new Shogun. Peace returned to Japan with the end of the Osaka War in 1615, but only at the end of the most violent, turbulent and cruel period in Japanese history.
Introduction * Chronology * Background to war: Loyalty to the shogun collapses * Warring sides: Rival samurai armies* Outbreak: The age of fission * The fighting: Samurai at war * Portrait of a soldier: Kato Kiyomasa * The world around war: The end of the farmer-warrior* Portrait of a civilian: Sen Rikyu * How the war ended: The triumph of the Tokugawa * Conclusion and consequences: Japan closes its doors
Series: Guide to...
Number Of Pages: 96
Published: 6th June 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Digital original