9780804836272

Shinsengumi : The Shogun's Last Samurai Corps

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  • ISBN13:

    9780804836272

  • ISBN10:

    0804836272

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2005-01-15
  • Publisher: Tuttle Pub
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Summary

The Tokugawa Shogunate, a group of military governors who ruled Japan until the late 1800s, stayed in power for more than two centuries. Their fall was one of the most important events in Asian history. Also known as the Meiji Restoration, the shogun's ouster began as a reaction against the elite's willingness to collaborate with the West. The samurai took the shogun's position as a sign of weakness. The samurai plotted to overthrow the shogun. Murder, assassination, and intimidation soon followed. By the end of 1862, hordes of renegade samurai had transformed the streets of Japan's capital streets into a sea of blood. This vivid historical narrative captures one of the most enthralling and bloodied eras in Japanese history.

Author Biography

Romulus Hillsborough is a native Californian who lived in Japan for over fifteen years. Fluent in spoken and written Japanese, he is the author of two other books on the samurai, Ryoma: Life of a Renaissance Samurai and Samurai Sketches: From the Bloody Final Years of the Shogun, he lives in the San Francisco area with his wife and son.

Table of Contents

List of Photographs xi
Map of Japan xii
Map of Edo and Vicinity xiii
Map of Kyoto xiv
Map of Ezo xv
Note on Japanese Pronunciation xvii
Author's Note xix
Preface xxi
Prologue 1(2)
Historical Background 3(8)
Loyal and Patriotic Corps 11(10)
Newly Selected Corps 21(24)
Of Insult and Retribution 45(6)
The Purge 51(10)
A Propensity to Kill 61(10)
Slaughter at the IkÚda'ya 71(12)
A Tale of Bushido 83(4)
Battle at the Forbidden Gates 87(8)
Return of a Hero 95(12)
Endings and Transformations 107(10)
Blood at the Crossroads 117(10)
Of Outrage, Fury and Inexorable Fate 127(8)
Civil War 135(10)
The Peasant as Feudal Lord 145(8)
Of Defeat, Disgrace and Apotheosis 153(14)
Epilogue: Hijikata's Last Fight 167(8)
APPENDIX I 175(8)
APPENDIX II: THE SURVIVORS 183(3)
Table of Era Names and Their Corresponding Years in Western Chronology 186(1)
Glossary of Japanese Terms 187(12)
Bibliography 199(3)
Source Notes 202(9)
Index 211

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