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The Shogunate of Japan

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  • Tsunayoshi: I was the 5th of the Tokugawa shoguns, ruling from 1680 to 1709. Tsunayoshi that for the first time in Japanese history considerable numbers of ordinary townspeople were in a financial position to acquire an education and enjoy many of the amusements previously reserved for the ruling elite.
  • Yoshimune : I was the 8th of the Tokugawa shoguns, ruling from 1716 until 1745. Confucian ideology (that money was defiling) and the economic reality of Japan (that money was necessity for a cash economy), Yoshimune found it necessary to shelve certain Confucian principles that were hampering his reform process. 
  • Ienari : I was the 11th and longest serving Tokugawa shogun, who held office from 1787 to 1837.He presided over a period of pleasure, excess and corruption. played important roles in the history of the Bakumatsu and Boshin War. Ienari was said to be riddled with syphilis. He died in his bed aged 68.
  • Ieyohsi : I was the Shogun in 1837 and was the 12th of the Tokugawa shoguns. The Tenpo Reforms were a series of government reforms introduced in 1842 aimed at strengthening the shogunate through the repression of ideas which were believed to be subversive or would bring about social disorder. Ieyoshi was shogun in 1853 when Commodore Matthew Perry of the United States Navy sailed into Edo Bay and demanded that Japan open herself to foreign trade. 
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