By K. Henshall
In an extraordinary mix of entire insurance and sustained severe concentration, this booklet examines eastern historical past in its entirety to spot the criteria underlying the nation's development to superpower prestige. Japan's success is defined no longer basically in financial phrases, yet at a extra basic point, as a manufactured from historic styles of reaction to condition. Japan is proven to be a state traditionally impelled through a realistic choice to prevail. The e-book additionally highlights unresolved questions and little-known facts.
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The Taira were led by Taira no Kiyomori (1118–81), whose base was in the Inland Sea region to Of Courtiers and Warriors 31 the west. The Minamoto were led by Minamoto no Tameyoshi (1096–1156), whose base was in the Kanto region to the east. In the military clash that followed, the Taira group was victorious, partly because of inner divisions within the Minamoto camp. Tameyoshi was executed. Kiyomori now started to establish himself in the capital, perhaps not quite as supreme ruler but certainly in a very powerful position.
26 He is said to have threatened to kill her three children by Yoshitomo unless she gave herself to him. She duly surrendered to his ‘advances'. Kiyomori's own stepmother, Ike no Zenni, also seems to have pleaded for the lives of Yoshitomo's children (six in all). 27 It was a deed of humanity uncharacteristic of his usual ruthlessness. 28 Most importantly, it was eventually to lead to the downfall of the Taira. Two of the spared sons, Minamoto no Yoritomo (1147–99, the son of a priest's daughter) and Minamoto no Yoshitsune (1159–89, one of Tokiwa's three sons), were to vanquish the Taira, ushering in a new era in Japanese history.
Tomomori threw himself into the sea rather than surrender. A similar fate awaited Antoku. He was held in the arms of his grandmother, Kiyomori's widow, as she too jumped into the sea. An almost contemporary account of the death of Antoku reveals a strong element of Buddhistic fatalism, especially when his grandmother explains to him why she must end his life:29 Your Majesty does not know that he was reborn to the Imperial throne in this world as a result of the merit of the Ten Virtues practiced in former lives.