Japan, Continued

Japan, Continued

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...colonists, but which was itself destroyed by the equinoctial storms of the Atlantic. Fortunately Japan has never been threatened with another invasion of this kind, but the memory of that one still lives in the minds of the people, and the mothers of Kyushu even now seek to hush their crying babies by declaring, in a low tone: "Lie still and slumber, or the Moko (Mongols) will come again!" I CHAPTER XXXII. THE RISE OF THE S1IOGUNS. WITH the overthrow of the Hojo clan the exiled emperor, GoDaiga, was restored to power. But he seemed to have lost his former integrity and ability to govern justly, and he made the grossest of mistakes. He sought to reward those whom he wished by bestowing vast estate upon them, rewarding least of all the brave Nitta and the faithful Kusunoki, while to those who deserved the least, and were really plotting his ruin, he gave liberally of the spoils of war. Among these last was a companion of Nitta named Ashikaga, who soon began to plot to place himself at the head of the military power. Through the assistance of a woman, who wielded great influence over the emperor, he succeeded so far that he divided the people into two great factions. Placing himself at the head of one, he boldly proclaimed that Go-Daiga did not belong to the rightful line of rulers, but that one Kozen was the true son of Heaven. This impostor declared Ashikaga Sei-i Tai shogun, and in 1336 his rival dynasty established Kamakura anew as the military capital of Japan. A civil war followed, worse in its outcome than the struggle between the red and white banners of the Taira and the Genji, --a war of rival emperors. Nitta espoused the cause of the true emperor, and met the fate of a hero on a battle-field at the head of his slain comrades, his...show more

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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236553594
  • 9781236553591