The shape of Japan's internal politics and the country's response to external influences for centuries can be traced back to the choices of two warlords and a decisive battle. What was the Edo Period and how did it mold Japanese society?

  • 1597, a Japanese general, barely 15 years old, is humiliated by a military defeat. His name is Hideaki.
  • October 21 1600, in the heat of battle, General Ieyasu orders his archers to shoot upon an indecisive ally.
  • 3 years later, Ieyasu becomes Shogun, the uncontested leader of the entire Japanese people.

These 3, intimately connected events will lead to a united Japan and two hundred and fifty years of civil peace.

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