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Samurai and Society

Samurai and Society

Some historians consider the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600 to be the start of the Edo period, although it was not until 1603 that Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616), officially became the shōgun, the general or military dictator, of a recently-unified Japan.  The Tokugawa family ruled Japan for almost 300 years until the Emperor was restored to power in 1868.

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