Thursday, August 21, 2008
This Day in the History of Changes in Government
Labels: Japanese Shogunate
The first shogunate marked a permanent decline in the power of the Emperor, but there were long stretches without any real central authority at all, and stretches with no Shogun with even nominal power.
The rise of Tokugawa Ieyasu to Shogun following the battle of Sekigahara in 1600* marked the end of the warring states (sengoku jidai) period and the reestablishment of the shogunate. That new shogunate would rule until the Meiji restoration.
* As an aside, this required the forgery of documents "proving" that Tokugawa was descended from the "right people" (the Minamoto or the Fujiwara).