The dramatic arc of Saigo Takamoria s life from his humble origins as a lowly samurai to national leadership to his death as a rebel leader has captivated generations of Japanese readers and now Americans as well -- his life is the inspiration for a major Hollywood film The Last Samurai starring Tom Cruise and Ken Watanabe. In this vibrant new biography Mark Ravina professor of history and Director of East Asian Studies at Emory University explores the facts behind Hollywood storytelling and Japanese legends and explains the passion and poignancy of Saigoa s life. Known both for his scholarly research and his appearances on The History Channel Ravina recreates the world in which Saigo lived and died the last days of the samurai. The Last Samurai traces Saigoa s life from his early days as a tax clerk in far southwestern Japan through his rise to national prominence as a fierce imperial loyalist. Saigo was twice exiled for his political activities ---- sent to Japana s remote southwestern islands where he fully expected to die. But exile only increased his reputation for loyalty and in 1864 he was brought back to the capital to help his lord fight for the restoration of the emperor. In 1868 Saigo commanded his lorda s forces in the battles which toppled the shogunate and he became and leader in the emperor Meijia s new government. But Saigo found only anguish in national leadership. He understood the need for a modern conscript army but longed for the days of the traditional warrior. Saigo hoped to die in service to the emperor. In 1873 he sought appointment as envoy to Korea where he planned to demand that the Korean king show deference to the Japanese emperor drawing his sword if necessary top defend imperial honor. Denied this chance to show his courage and loyalty he retreated to his homeland and spent his last years as a schoolteacher training samurai boys in frugality honesty and courage. In 1876 when the government stripped samurai of their swords Saigoa s followers rose in rebellion and Saigo became their reluctant leader. His insurrection became the bloodiest war Japan had seen in centuries killing over 12 000 men on both sides and nearly bankrupting the new imperial government. The imperial government denounced Saigo as a rebel and a traitor but their propaganda could not overcome his fame and in 1889 twelve years after his death the government relented pardoned Saigo of all crimes and posthumously restored him to imperial court rank. In THE LAST SAMURAI Saigo is as compelling a character as Robert E. Lee was to Americans--a great and noble warrior who followed the dictates of honor and loyalty even though it meant civil war in a country to which hea d devoted his life. Saigoa s life is a fascinating look into Japanese feudal society and a history of a country as it struggled between its long traditions and the dictates of a modern future.
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Spice July 2009 Word of Miracula’s unique beauty is known far throughout the land. But when a dark fairie curses her with Desire, it is news of her insatiable lust that attracts dozens would-be suitors to her door, as one by one they attempt to break the curse by bringing her utter fulfillment.
Concise comprehensive and accessible Exploring British Politics presents an insightful approach to British politics with a special emphasis on developments since the 2010 general election and the formation of Britain's first coalition government since 1945.Designed to stimulate critical analysis and provoke lively debate it provides new perspectives on two key themes -- the health of British democracy and the transition from traditional models of government to more flexible forms of 'governance'.
Modern May 2010 The two-week marriage bargain Trembling with trepidation, Libby Delikaris braves the lion’s den to ask her Greek husband for a divorce. But he’s more merciless than Libby remembers, and she suddenly finds her plan has crumbled. The infamous Rion Delikaris knew Libby would return before long. He’s been patiently waiting. No longer the boy from the slums, he’s ready to show his wife what she’s been missing! Rion’s offer: a two-week reconciliation…and he’ll make sure she honours all her wedding vows!
Collins Antique Marks is an indispensable pocket-sized guide to identifying all sorts of hallmarks and is perfect for taking with you on trawls through car boot sales or antiques markets as well as for using to identify precious heirlooms at home.This authoritative antiques book is full of illustrations of hundreds of hallmarks to help you identify silver gold and platinum hallmarks pewter and plate marks and pottery and porcelain marks.Presented in Collin's popular Gem format this easy-to-use guide book includes a history of hallmarks and has been updated to include recent hallmarking additions. Paperback. 256 pages.
Erotica June 2010 In Victorian England vice of every kind can be purchased, and Matthew, the Earl of Wallingford, makes certain he avails himself of every possible pleasure. Bored and jaded, he is as well-known for his coldness as for his licentious affairs with beautiful women. While these dalliances fulfill Matthew's every physical need, they secretly leave him numb and emotionally void. Until one night when he finds himself beaten, eyes bandaged and in the care of a nurse with the voice of an angel—and a gentle touch that soothes the darkness in him and makes him yearn for more. Yet Jane Rankin is a lowly nurse, considered shy and plain by most. There is no place for her amongst the lords and ladies of the aristocracy—despite Matthew's growing craving for the fire that burns behind her earnest facade. And then there is Matthew's secret. A secret so humiliating and scandalous it could destroy...