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Japonius Tyrannus: The Japanese Warlord Oda Nobunaga Reconsidered (Japonica Neerlandica) Hardcover – 1 Jan 2000
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Oda Nobunaga (1534-82) is one of the best-known figures in Japanese history. However, no standard biography existed on this warlord who was the prime mover behind Japan's military and political unification in the late 16th century. Japonius Tyrannus fills the gap in our knowledge about Nobunaga. Dr. Lamers' thorough research presents us with a solid and richly detailed analysis of Nobunaga's political and military career.
About the Author
Jeroen Lamers (b. 1967) studied at the University of Leiden (The Netherlands), Cambridge (UK) and Coimbra (Portugal), where he read classical Japanese and 16th-century Portuguese philology. After graduating from Leiden, he became a graduate student at the University of Osaka and later again at Leiden. In 1998 he successfully defended his doctoral dissertation entitled Japonius Tyrannus: A political biography of Oda Nobunaga (1534-1582), which has been adapted for this publication.
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The book reads like a collection of essays that sacrifices general knowledge for specific arguments that are not all that necessary.
That being said I cannot even hope to achieve the level of knowledge and understanding of such a complex leader like Nobunaga as the author here demonstrates. Despite slight disagreements in the direction of the narrative I gained great insight in specific aspects of Nobunagas life. This book is essential in understanding Nobunaga's interactions with Kyoto, his interaction with vassals, and his projects and works that were used to shape his public image. If this interests you more than a book on warfare and strategy then this is the book for you.