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Arguably the greatest military commander in the history of the samurai, Toyotomi Hideyoshi rose from the ranks of the peasantry to rule over all Japan. A student of the great unifier Oda Nobunaga, Hideyoshi would later avenge the murder of his master at the battle of Yamazaki.

After consolidating his position, Hideyoshi went on the offensive, conquering the southern island
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Paperback, 64 pages
Published July 20th 2010 by Osprey Publishing (first published July 9th 2006)
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Richard
A good, readable overview of the life of a farmer's son who unified all of Japan and, building on the work of his former master, Oda Nobunaga, suceeded in pacifying the competing warlords and bringing an effective end to Japan's Sengoku (country at war) period. It was this accomplishment that paved the way to 200 years of peace under the later Tokugawa Shoguns. The emphasis on military details makes sense, as it was Hideyoshi's military accomplishments by which he is mostly remembered, but one d ...more
Charles
A quick summery of the life of the great unifier of Japan, Hideyoshi. Born a peasant, he rose to control the whole of Japan. Invader of Korea, and master of Sengoku era battle, Hideyoshi was a fascinating but contradictory man. Rising from low birth, he made laws to insure no one else would follow that route by outlawing weapon ownership in the lower classes. The "monkey" (as Oda Nobunaga called him) was a master of culture and the tea ceremony, while also carrying out the brutal invasion of Kor ...more
Steven Peterson
This is a new Osprey series for me--"Leadership, Strategy, Conflict." This slender volume is 64 pages long. In it, we meet Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who came to be recognized as a talented military leader and a fine leader overall. His military prowess and political skills helped unite Japan. He lived from 1536-1598 and, according to the book, has been compared with Napoleon Bonaparte. While brief, the book does provide a solid introduction to this major historical figure.
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Stephen Richard Turnbull is a historian specializing in eastern military history, especially the samurai of Japan. The books he wrote are mainly on Japanese and Mongolian subjects. He attended Cambridge University where he gained his first degree. He currently holds an MA in Theology, MA in Military History and a PhD from the University of Leeds where he is currently a lecturer in Far Eastern Rel ...more
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