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Japan Memoirs of a Secret Empire – Full Documentary

Japan_-_Memoirs_of_a_Secret_Empire_CoverJapan blossomed into its Renaissance at approximately the same time as Europe. Unlike the West, it flourished not through conquest and exploration, but by fierce and defiant isolation. And the man at the heart of this empire was Tokugawa Ieyasu, a warlord who ruled with absolute control. This period is explored through myriad voices– the Shogun, the Samurai, the Geisha, the poet, the peasant and the Westerner who glimpsed into this secret world.

The Way of the Samurai

Tokugawa Ieyasu unifies Japan and establishes a dynasty that will rule Japan for over 250 years.

The Will of the Shogun

The grandson of Ieyasu, Tokugawa Iemitsu, tightens control over Japan’s warlords and expels all foreigners.

The Return of the Barbarians

Isolated from the West, 18th century Edo flourishes culturally and economically, becoming one of the liveliest cities in the world. But foreign forces are coming.

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  1. Ethan Hunter-Duvar

    In the part 2 video from 51:30-the end could you Explain some similarities and differences you notice between Japanese and Renaissance European worldviews with supporting details from this part of the documentary

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