Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Toki Wa Ima

A good friend of mine on the SA Citadel posted a great link on a thesis on the Honnoji Rebellion.

Brandon C. Schindewolf's thesis (Ohio State University, June 2010) Toki wa ima is one of the most freshest works on the Honnoji in a long time.

There are seven chapters which covers a variety of topics (Schindewolf, p. x).

  1. Introduction
  2. The Age of the Country at War: Japan's Political and Military Status, 1467-1603
  3. Toki wa ima: Seeds of Rebellion and Problematizing The Chronicle of Lord Nobunaga
  4. Contemporary Sources: Jesuit Letters and Other Writings
  5. Theories: Ambition, Vengeance, and Further Speculation
  6. Modern Interpretations: Tenchijin and Sengoku Muso 2
  7. Conclusions: History as Narrative and Akechi, the Failed Noble Rebel
There was a written account by an Akechi retainer by the name of Honjo Soemon, who claimed to be at the incident. In the future, I will explain why I do not believe his account. That being said, Schindewolf did include all sides to the story (Oda, Luis Frois, and Akechi).

Here is a great link on Akechi Mitsuhide

More on The Signore later.

Tenka no tame!


Tornadoes28 said...

The thesis looks very interesting. I will definitely read it.

otsuke said...

I plan to read his thesis this weekend. Something new and the translations are great. I did translate the Shincho-Ko ki's version of the Honnoji incident earlier this year.