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Samurai Era (04:21)


The British Empire colonized Japan 250 years before the Battle of Osaka. Three landmark events contributed to uniting Japan: Kobayakawa Hideaki's defeat in 1597, General Ieyasu ordering archers to fire, and Tokugawa Ieyasu becoming shogun. Most citizens live on the islands of Honshu, Kyushu, and Shikoku; samurai evolved as a military class.

Memory of Humanity (04:05)

Compare Japan and European countries during the Middle Ages. During the Sengoku period, near-constant military conflict occurs. Japan invades Korea unsuccessfully; Ieyasu defends Hideaki.

Ambition and Conflict (03:11)

When Toyotomi Hideyoshi dies, Ishida Mitsunari declares himself heir protector. Ieyasu decides to lead a rebellion. Compare feudal Japanese samurai to soldiers choosing between Philippe Pétain and Charles de Gaulle.

Final Confrontation (03:13)

Hideaki writes that he will change sides. Mitsunari and Ieyasu attack each other at the Battle of Sekigahara. Hideaki decides the fate of Japan when he aligns with Ieyasu.

Turning Point in History (03:28)

If Mitsunari won the battle, Japan would have been colonized by the British Empire. Mitsunari is beheaded and Ieyasu becomes shogun. Daimyos must reside in Ito.

Ito Period (03:58)

Julius Caesar makes similar choices as Ieyasu. Peace lasts for 250 years. Portuguese ships bring Christianity and rifles. Japan isolates itself and outlaws the religion.

Historical Interpretation (03:03)

Compare the Ito Period to Alexander the Great, Napoleon Bonaparte, and other leaders' reigns. History contains errors and positive changes.

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Sekigahara: The Battle of the Samurai

Part of the Series : Butterfly Effect (Season 1)
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Japan, 17th century. For several decades, the country has been torn by civil war. Ever since the death of Hideyoshi Toyotomi, the five regents appointed to ensure the education and safety of his only son, Hideyori, age 5, have been wrestling for power. One of them, Ieyasu, gains the advantage, but only to see Mitsunari, who remains loyal to Hideyori, rise against him. Their armies meet at Sekigahara. But, Ieyasu has an ace up his sleeve. General Hideaki has assured him that in the midst of battle he will betray Mitsunari and join forces with him. The battle begins, but the outcome remains uncertain. Hideaki hesitates to betray Mitsunari and remains in the rear with his troops. Ieyasu then takes a daring and capital decision: he orders his men to fire upon Hideaki’s forces. Hideaki reacts to the attack and, against all expectations, engages his troops on the side of Ieyasu as promised. His defection decides the outcome of the battle, which is won by Ieyasu. The battle of Sekigahara marks the end of the Sengoku period, the age of the provinces at war and the beginning of the Edo period, an age of peace that lasts more than 250 years. It is known as “the battle that decided the future of the country”. Ieyasu’s daring “double or nothing” decided the future of Japan.

Length: 26 minutes

Item#: BVL145607

ISBN: 978-1-64198-874-2

Copyright date: ©2016

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