Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Nobunaga and the cross

I just bought a new book by Kyoko Tachbana. Her book, Nobunaga and the Cross. I have read a little so far and it explains Nobunaga and the Tenka Fubu relationship. What is so great about the book is the reference material. It is a must to any Nobunaga fan. If there is one drawback, it is difficult to read, but a wealth of data. Tachibana Kyoko. Nobunaga to Juujika. Tokyo: Shueisha, 2004.

If anybody has read the book or knows any information about, let me know.

Nobunaga no Tame!


Prof Kitsuno said...

You might be interested in this conversation, a discussion on Oda Nobunaga at the Samurai Archives forum:

In reading Japonius Tyrannus by Jereon Lamers, it is mentioned that the historian George Elison referred to Nobunaga as a “political necessity” in order to bridge Japan from the Middle Ages to the doorstep of the Edo period. I think this is an interesting point. Other historians, such as Wakita Osamu take a view that Nobunaga represented the last of Japan’s medieval rulers. Still others, such as Asao Naohiro and Fujiki Hisashi say Nobunaga signaled the beginning of Japan’s early-modern era. What do you think and why?

otsuke said...

Thank you for the comment. I think he was the beginning of the new age. The answer is simple. He saw the future more than other Sengoku warlord at the time. His use of firearms, iron-clad ships, separation of the farmer soldier to full-time, and his building projects. He knew the world was round where most laughed. He used the mareials he had and made it better. Also he knew free-trade economics worked. He laid the ground work for others. So I agree with Asao Naohiro and Fujiki Hisashi. I ask this question to historians. Why is Nobunaga is so popular today? He was not bound by tradtion and saw the future where others balked.