Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu : a reappraisal
Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu, the influential Grand Chamberlain of the fifth Tokugawa shogun, has traditionally been cast in a bad role. This reappraisal attempts to show that his unprecedented rise from humble bannerman to powerful minister and the animosity it provoked were intimately linked with the shogun's efforts to establish autocratic power. During the reign of the fourth shogun the fudai daimyo had come to dominate the administration, considerably weakening the authority of...[Show more]
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