Samurai Assassins: Dark Murder and the Meiji Restoration, 1853-1868

Samurai Assassins: Dark Murder and the Meiji Restoration, 1853-1868

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The Japanese word for assassination is ansatsu, “dark murder,” and its significance in the samurai-led revolution that was the Meiji Restoration, by which the shōgun’s military government was overthrown and the Imperial monarchy restored in 1868, forms the substance of this book. The ideology and moral philosophy of the men behind the revolution--including bushido or "the way of the warrior"--informed their actions and would become the foundation of the Emperor-worship of World War II. This first-ever account in English of the assassins who drove the revolution details one of the most volatile periods in Japanese history--also known as "the dawn of modern Japan."

Title:Samurai Assassins: Dark Murder and the Meiji Restoration, 1853-1868
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781476668802
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    Samurai Assassins: Dark Murder and the Meiji Restoration, 1853-1868 Reviews

  • Kaoru Takarai

    I really enjoyed this one. Though a bit confusing at times due to the great amount of recurring names and the time leaps, it is the most "practical" text I've read on the Bakumatsu and early Meiji per...

  • Denise

    In another fascinating work on Japanese history, Hillsborough takes a close look at the role played by assassinations and those who directed them and carried them out during the Bakumatsu era. Some fa...

  • Michael

    Another masterpiece from the man who brings the Bakumatsu era to life . If you enjoyed Samurai Revolution, than you know what to expect . Regardless the book is more than worth it for the info on Okad...

  • Jess Neuner

    I have to admit that I first became interested in the Bakumatsu period because I watched Rurouni Kenshin, but it's such a fascinating period in Japanese history that I've sought out more information o...