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Portrait of Tokugawa Ieyasu             Source: Public Domain

The Shogun - The True Story of Tokugawa Ieyasu (Video)


Amidst the turbulent backdrop of Japan's 16th and 17th centuries, Tokugawa Ieyasu emerged as a legendary figure, blending martial prowess with strategic finesse. Born in 1543, his early years were marred by familial strife and political upheaval. Kidnapped at a tender age, he endured the complexities of hostage life, unknowingly forging alliances and rivalries. As he matured, Ieyasu navigated the treacherous currents of feudal politics, seizing opportunities and securing allegiances to become a powerful shogun.

His journey was marked by pivotal moments, from reclaiming his ancestral seat to forging alliances with former foes like Oda Nobunaga. Harnessing the power of firearms and employing cunning tactics, he played a decisive role in shaping Japan's destiny. Battles like Okehazama showcased his battlefield prowess, while alliances with figures like Takeda Shingen demonstrated his diplomatic acumen.

As the dust settled, Ieyasu ascended to prominence, becoming a formidable force in Japan's political landscape. His legacy endured through strategic maneuvering, ultimately culminating in his rise as one of Japan's most influential figures.

Top image: Portrait of Tokugawa Ieyasu             Source: Public Domain

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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