Hideyoshi

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Harvard Univ Asia Center, Jan 1, 1989 - Biography & Autobiography - 293 pages
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Here is the first full-length biography in English of the most important political figure in premodern Japan.

Hideyoshi‚e"peasant turned general, military genius, and imperial regent of Japan‚e"is the subject of an immense legendary literature. He is best known for the conquest of Japan's sixteenth‚e"century warlords and the invasion of Korea. He is known, too, as an extravagant showman who rebuilt cities, erected a colossal statue of the Buddha, and entertained thousands of guests at tea parties. But his lasting contribution is as governor whose policies shaped the course of Japanese politics for almost three hundred years.

In Japan's first experiment with federal rule, Hideyoshi successfully unified two hundred local domains under a central authority. Berry explores the motives and forms of this new federalism which would survive in Japan until the mid‚e" nineteenth century, as well as the philosophical question it raised: What is the proper role of government? This book reflects upon both the shifting political consciousness of the late sixteenth century and the legitimation rituals that were invoked to place change in a traditional context. It also reflects upon the architect of that change‚e"a troubled parvenu who acted often with moderation and sometimes with explosive brutality.

  

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I loved this book. My favorite non-fiction is Medieval Japanese history, particularly the era of unification. This was the most interesting and readable biography of the three unifiers. Highly recommended Read full review

Contents

A WORLD WITHOUT A CENTER
8
THE TERROR
41
CONQUEST AND CONCILIATION
66
SHAPING THE NEW ORDER
99
Court and Shogunate before 1467
171
Hideyoshis Promotions
177
Courtly Pageantry
183
Public Display and the Projection of Authority
189
Succession
217
The Rikyu Affair and the Crucifixion of
223
Dying
234
Afterword
237
Notes
243
FEDERATION AND ITS MOTIVES
270
THE LAST YEARS
276
Index
283

Conclusion
203

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Mary Elizabeth Berry is Dean's Professor of East Asian History and Department Chair at the University of California, Berkeley.

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