5th October 2018


Why did the Shoguns take control of Japan?

In Japanese history, the time from about 1600 to 1868 is called the Edo period. In 1600, after centuries of wars, Japan came under the control of shoguns from the Tokugawa clan. They continued to rule until 1868, when they were overthrown.

Just so, what does the shogun do?

In pre-modern Japan, the shogun was Japan's supreme military leader, awarded the title by the emperor, and by tradition a descendant of the prestigious Minamoto clan. From 1603 through 1869, Japan was ruled by a series of shoguns known as the Tokugawa Shogunate, descended from Tokugawa Ieyasu.

What is the role of the Shogun?

The shōgun controlled foreign policy, the military, and feudal patronage. The role of the Emperor was ceremonial, similar to the position of the Japanese monarchy after the Second World War.

Is the Shogun a samurai?

Although the official ruler of Japan was an emperor, these families had the real power. In 1185, one of the samurai soldiers defeated the emperor of the time and eventually became Japans 'practical' leader, the shogun of Japan. The shoguns ruled Japan from 1185 until 1868.
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