Shinsengumi: The Shogun's Last Samurai Corps

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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"So, what do the Hell's Angels and the Shinsengumi have in common? They both had a propensity for violence, a strict internal code of conduct, and an alarmingly excessive reaction to insult, real or perceived. Also, they probably would have slaughtered each other on sight." —Goodreads
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  • ISBN-13: 9780804836272
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/15/2005
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2005

    The Shinsengumi, retold

    Hillsborough brilliantly covered all possible information on the ancient corps known as the Shinsegumi. He left detailed appendixes and information on those various members of the corps. The first chapters led you directly into the tumultuous era in which all of these events took place. Not only did Hillsborough give you the history of the Shinsengumi, but established their emotional standings. The final chapter of Hijiakta's Last Battle was brilliantly filled with information uncommonly known.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2004

    I hope it's as good as his other writings!

    The First English book that I've known to date about The Shinsengumi! The Beloved Kyoto Bakufu group in Japan! I'm so glad Romulus took the time to create a book with such information about them. I've been searching forever for one, and so the time has come! I'm going to wait for the preorder!

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