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Ryoma : life of a Renaissance samurai
Hillsborough, Romulus.
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San Francisco : Ridgeback Press, [1999]

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xvii, 614 pages : portrait ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
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Central Library DS881.5.S34 H455 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Set in Meivi Restoration Era (mid-19th century Japan) during the last years of Tokugawa Shogunate, this is the first English language literary biography of samurai Sakamoto Ryoma, a founder of modern Japan.

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In mid-nineteenth-century Japan, the feudal era was drawing to a close, and the Meiji Restoration would soon launch Japan on a program of economic and political modernization. Ryoma was a man who straddled the feudal and modern eras. He was a gifted swordsman, an outlaw, and a frequently violent man who was quite at home in a world in which personal loyalty superseded the rule of law. Yet he was blessed with a surprisingly broad vision that led him to help overthrow the shogun and to lay a political foundation that allowed Japan to modernize while resisting foreign encroachment. Hillsborough is a native Californian who resided in Japan for 16 years. He has written extensively on nineteenth-century Japan; in this work, he has done a masterful job of bringing a chaotic period to life. A knowledge of Japanese history would be helpful, but general readers can find value and enjoyment in this fine historical biography nonetheless. (Reviewed April 1, 1999)0966740173Jay Freeman

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