Japan’s Tokugawa Shogunate

Disastrous History: A Disasters of History Podcast


The Warring States period brought Japan to its knees. It was a time of turbulence and treachery, with rival warlords fighting bitterly for control of the land. But by the dawn of the 17th century, one of Japan’s ‘Great Unifiers’ had emerged victorious – Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first ruler of the Tokugawa Shogunate.


On this episode Dan is joined by Christopher Harding, a cultural historian of India and Japan and author of The Light of Asia. Chris explains how this military government worked to restore order and stability to Japan, and why it eventually came to an end.


Produced by James Hickmann and edited by Ella Blaxill.


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