Japan under the Shoguns
The term ‘shogun’ was a title given by the Emperor of Japan to the country’s top military commander. Gradually through history, military leaders became more and more powerful. For almost 700 years from 1192, shoguns ruled japan, their reign passing on from generation to generation.
Learn more about the shoguns by reading these websites and viewing the documentaries below.
Shogunate (Encyclopedia Britannica)
Japan under the shoguns (an outline of the periods during the shoguns’ reign)
Japan’s shoguns keep everyone in their place (4 min. film) – deals with the social life surrounding the shoguns and samurai
Samurai (Japan Guide)
Japanese samurai and shoguns (British Museum)
Japan Tokugawa shogunate (5 ½ minutes) – the beginnings of this shogunate
Tokugawa Japan – how they maintained law and order
The Tokugawa era in Japan
Tokugawa period and the samurai (includes films)
Tokugawa Shogunate is overthrown (3 min film)
Edo was the ancient name for Tokyo, the city from which the shogun ruled Japan.
Follow through this website to take a look around the city and find out about the life of the shoguns.