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The Maker of Modern Japan

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This book remains one of the few volumes on Tokugawa Ieyasu which draws on more material from Japanese sources than quotations from the European documents from his era and is therefore much more accurate and thorough in its examination of the life and
ebook, 446 pages
Published May 14th 2014 by Routledge (first published December 31st 1977)
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Susan
Sep 08, 2009 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It's a thorough description of the life and times of Ieyasu Tokugawa. I didn't find it particularly engaging which is why it took so long to read it. Still, I wanted to learn more about the man as I've seen several Japanese historical dramas that included him. So, I persisted and finally toward the end, it dealt with the actual personality and his legacy. I'd like to read more.
Eb0
Mar 05, 2017 Eb0 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this biography of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the great conqueror of feudal Japan, is looking into both the career of the ruthless Ieyasu -- and the mind of the author, a smug Oxford-educated Oriental studies professor whose 1937 biography of the great shogun has the racism and sexism one might expect from the Thirties, along with a pro-fascist sensibility that reminded me fascism wasn't yet a failed ideology when the professor was writing.

Seeing Ieyasu through A.L. Sadler's eyes was illuminating
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Charlie
Feb 10, 2013 Charlie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It's certainly interesting but suffers from a lack of central narrative and the biases of an early 20th century Englishman. If you can get over these issues you'll enjoy this.
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