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By Kenneth G. Henshall

In a unprecedented mix of entire assurance and sustained severe concentration, this e-book examines jap historical past in its entirety to spot the standards underlying the nation's development to superpower prestige. Japan's success is defined no longer in basic terms in fiscal phrases, yet at a extra primary point, as a fabricated from ancient styles of reaction to situation. Japan is proven to be a kingdom traditionally impelled by means of a practical selection to be successful. The publication additionally highlights unresolved questions and little-known facts.

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The Taira were led by Taira no Kiyomori (1118–81), whose base was in the Inland Sea region to Of Courtiers and Warriors 31 the west. The Minamoto were led by Minamoto no Tameyoshi (1096–1156), whose base was in the Kanto region to the east. In the military clash that followed, the Taira group was victorious, partly because of inner divisions within the Minamoto camp. Tameyoshi was executed. Kiyomori now started to establish himself in the capital, perhaps not quite as supreme ruler but certainly in a very powerful position.

For good or ill We should see him grow to manhood – Or so we trusted, As in a great ship. Then, beyond all thought, Blowing hard, a sudden crosswind Of illness Overwhelmed him. Lacking skill and knowing no cure, With white hemp I tied my sleeves, Took my mirror in my hand And, lifting up my eyes, To the gods in heaven I prayed; My brow laid on the ground, I did reverence to the gods of the earth. ' Thus I clamoured in my prayers. Yet no good came of it, For he wasted away, Each dawn spoke less, Till his life was ended.

Of Courtiers and Warriors 39 Dissatisfaction towards the Hojo shogunal regents came to a head under the unusually assertive emperor Go-Daigo (1288–1339). 45 He was inspired in this by the former emperor Go-Toba, who had shown a similar resolve – albeit unsuccessfully – a hundred years earlier. Go-Daigo tried twice to challenge the shogunate, in 1324 and 1331, but failed on both occasions. Like Go-Toba before him, he was banished to the Oki Islands. However, unlike Go-Toba, Go-Daigo soon managed to escape, and succeeded in mustering considerable support in the western part of Honshu.

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