By Antony Cummins, Yoshie Minami
Input the area of seventeenth-century eastern struggle and the warrior elite, the Samurai. Samurai struggle tales: Teachings and stories of Samurai Warfare is a suite of 3 significant texts, released in an English translation for the 1st time. those works comprise writings at the 3 certain army strata: the Samurai, the Ashigaru or foot soldier, and ladies in conflict. together with guidance, strategies, commentaries and suggestion written through Samurai of the interval, in addition to complicated illustrations. Narratives of exact battles and sieges are incorporated within the texts, resembling the recognized conflict of Sekigahara. This assortment is a useful source that sheds new gentle at the global of the mythical jap warrior.
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These discussions focused mostly on the ministry’s apparent shortcomings: elitism and lack of opportunity for input from the lower ranks. 82 All had shared concerns, but as these took concrete shape in Paris, with frustrated young diplomats, aided by sympathetic reformers from other professions, swearing an oath to change the foggy-bottomed bureaucratic system of the ministry, the differences of two positions, one affirming the possibility of 36 The Rise of Kasumigaseki Diplomacy Japan’s position in a Wilsonian world and the other denying it, began to emerge as well.
On September 29, a petition for these reforms and for official recognition of the group was signed by Sawada Renzò and fortysix others and submitted to Foreign Minister Uchida. The reform movement next received some attention in the Tokyo Asahi, further underscoring its connection to press members. The upper echelon of the ministry, probably distressed by this press coverage, actively sought to co-opt and control this reform program. In short order, many of its active cadres were assigned posts in distant lands, the ministry’s most successful tactic when personnel became troublesome or embarrassing in one land or another.
1 Thus, in 1924 the ministry firmly established its bureaucratic and political independence with the appointment of Shidehara Kijûrò as foreign minister, the first professional diplomat to achieve this position after passing the competitive entrance examinations and serving as vice minister from 1916 to 1919. The Japanese Foreign Ministry of the 1920s was a genuinely precocious example of a modern diplomatic bureaucracy, especially when contrasted with the diplomatic corps of Great Britain, Japan’s 46 The Development of the Career Diplomat major contender for power and privilege in China during this period,2 as well as with the United States and China.
Samurai War Stories: Teaching and Tales of Samurai Warfare by Antony Cummins, Yoshie Minami