The subject of my paper is the life of Tokugawa Ieyasu.
This man is believed to have been the most powerful man in Japan during the Edo period.Throughout this paper, I will be writing about issues that occurred throughout throughout Ieyasu’s life.Some of the issues that I will cover include: The Battle of Sekigahara; The suppression and persecution of Christianity; economic practices that helped him secure his power position.
There are other issues that will be mentioned in this paper.Tokugawa Ieyasu was a very strong-hearted, intelligent, and caring man who wanted to see Japan grow and flourish. Tokugawa Ieyasu was boen Matsudaira Takechiyo of the Matsudaira military family in 1543.During this time families were feudng over land and various wars broke out.
Matsudaira Takechiyo was only four years old when he became hostage to the Imagawa clan in 1547 (Saddler pg. 3-5). Late on during his hostage crisis Matsudaira Takechiyo’s father dies.Matsudaira Takechiyo is released for a brief time so that he can care for his family and mourn before going back to the Imagawa as a hostage.In 1560 the Nobunaga clan defeats the Imagawa and Matsudaira Takechiyo is freed.
he then regains leadership of the Matsudaira. Matsudaira Takechiyo thus begins his quest for supremacy. Hisfirst step after coming to power is allying himself with Oda Nobunaga, who was of middle class in the feudal hierarchy. Nobunaga didn’t become a shogun because of the fact that he felt that he didn’t need the authority of the emperor. He was an upstart who didn’t follow any rules or laws. Nobunaga thought that he could unify Japan by himself.He eventually came to power when he overthrew th Ashikaga Shogunate. After Matsudaira Takechiyo allied himself with this group he changed his name to Tokugawa Ieyasu.
In the year 1570, Ieyasu decided to move his headquarters to the Hikuma-jo Castle the former Imagawa territory. After moving into this castle, Ieyasu conduct…