In this eclectic episode, we’ll finish up our quick review of the Tokugawa period with a look at three things: the various issues which plagued the samurai class by the 19th century, three of the regions that will play a key role in the fall of the shogunate, and finally the foreign crisis.
This week, we’re starting our new longest ever series on the collapse of the Tokugawa shogunate and the birth of modern Japan. This week, we’re taking a look at the political situation in the Tokugawa period — how was the country carved up by Tokugawa Ieyasu? Who ruled what, and what kind of implications did that have in terms of establishing a secure and stable nation?
Yoshida Shigeru was the postwar Prime Minister who helped salvage Japan’s economy after WWII and set the country on the course to recovery. Today we’ll discuss his background, time in office, and his influence on the course of Japan’s political history.