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THE BATTLE OF SEKIGAHARA: The Greatest Samurai Battle in History by Chris Glenn

THE BATTLE OF SEKIGAHARA: The Greatest Samurai Battle in History

by Chris Glenn

232 pages
Sekigahara was the greatest, bloodiest, samurai battle in history.

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About the Book
Sekigahara was the greatest samurai battle in history. Japan had long been at civil war until brought under the rule of first Oda Nobunaga, and upon his death at the hands of a traitorous general, that of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who completed the unification of Japan and brought unknown peace. However, following Hideyoshi’s death, a power struggle emerged between those loyal to the Toyotomi, and the second most powerful warlord, Tokugawa Ieyasu.

With Hideyoshi gone, Ieyasu made moves that brought the ire of a number of his contemporaries, and soon the entire country was divided into two great armies, East and West. Leading the loyalist cause was Ishida Mitsunari, who gathered a force of 130,000 samurai while the Tokugawa commanded just 80,000.

Both sides hurried to take strategically vital highways and castles. These attacks and sieges culminated in the decisive Battle of Sekigahara. The battle lasted just seven hours but saw the deaths of over 30,000 samurai, the destruction of a number of noble families and the creation of the Tokugawa Shogunate that was to rule Japan for 250 years of relative peace. The loyalist forces, despite their superior numbers and excellent battle formations, were defeated.

Discover the developments leading up to the outbreak of war, the characters involved, the battle itself, and the aftermath. The weapons and armor of the time are also fully explained, along with little known customs of the samurai and their warfare.

 

 

About the Author
Chris Glenn is an Australian born bilingual radio DJ, TV presenter, helicopter pilot, narrator, lecturer, samurai history and culture researcher, and member of the Japan Armor and Weapons Research and Preservation Society. He first visited Japan as an exchange student in 1985, returning in 1992. He lives in Nagoya, Japan.

 

 

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