Last Samurai: The Life and Battles of Saigo Takamori / Edition 1

Last Samurai: The Life and Battles of Saigo Takamori / Edition 1

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by Mark Ravina
     
 

A brilliant warrior, reluctant rebel, and tragic figure caught between tradition and a changing world

0n September 24, 1877, Saigo-Takamori, one of Japan's most loyal and honored samurai, died in the bloodiest conflict Japan had seen in over two hundred years—a battle led by Saigo- and his band of loyal students. Now, more than 125 years after his death,

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A brilliant warrior, reluctant rebel, and tragic figure caught between tradition and a changing world

0n September 24, 1877, Saigo-Takamori, one of Japan's most loyal and honored samurai, died in the bloodiest conflict Japan had seen in over two hundred years—a battle led by Saigo- and his band of loyal students. Now, more than 125 years after his death, Saigo- still remains a legendary yet enigmatic figure in Japan. Why would Japan's greatest warrior, whose sole purpose was to serve his country, set in motion a civil war and lead a group of rebel soldiers to overthrow the government that he had personally helped to restore?

Against the colorful and turbulent backdrop of Japanese feudal society, The Last Samurai chronicles Saigo–'s life, from the childhood events that shaped his courage and passionate sense of justice to Saigo–'s demise by his own hand on the battlefield of the Satsuma Rebellion. The Last Samurai offers a riveting account of the making of Japan's most honored samurai, details the tragic clash between his samurai ideals and Japan's transformation into a modern nation, and illustrates why this consummate soldier and reluctant rebel is still as revered today as he was in his time.

"Ravina's writing grips with the intensity of a great adventure story and vividly portrays the upheavals caused to a nation."
—Yorkshire Evening Post (UK)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471705376
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/11/2005
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
595,829
Product dimensions:
5.62(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.73(d)

Meet the Author

MARK RAVINA is an Associate Professor of Japanese History at Emory University and Director of the East Asian Studies Program. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Table of Contents

Note to the Readerix
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Introduction1
1"Powerfully Sentimental": Saigo's Early Years in Satsuma13
2"A Man of Exceptional Fidelity": Saigo and National Politics43
3"Bones in the Earth": Exile and Ignominy77
4"To Shoulder the Burdens of the Realm": The Destruction of the Shogunate107
5"To Tear Asunder the Clouds": Saigo and the Meiji State151
6"The Burden of Death is Light": Saigo and the War of the Southwest191
Notes215
Bibliography240
Sources255
Index257

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