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Book Review: The Last Shogun

Author: Nicolas Delerue, Issue: March 2004, Topic: Books, Japanese Culture

by Ryotaro Shiba, published by Kodansha

This book relates the life of the last shogun Tokugawa Yoshinobu, who was born in the Mito branch of the Tokugawa family. It gives a good insight into the Japanese politics at that time, where the shogun could decide to sentence to house arrest or even to death somebody as a conspirator without any real proof. This real story also happens at a time when Japanese where hesitating between two leaders: the shogun, who had had the power for the past centuries or the emperor. This book also shows the difficulties of a man who believed that the power should return to the emperor and who was appointed as shogun with the expectations that he would restore the power of the Tokugawa family. If you are interested in the transition between the Edo and Meiji period, this book will certainly interest you.

This book is available at Tsukuba Public Library in the foreign books corner under reference 913S.

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