This week, we cover 1867: the final year of the Tokugawa shogunate (sort of). Caught between a loyalist rock and an imperial hard place, Tokugawa Yoshinobu will consider the unthinkable: resignation, and an end to 260 years of bakufu tradition.
Listen to the episode here.
Totman, Conrad. The Collapse of the Tokugawa Bakufu, 1862-1868.
Jansen, Marius. The Making of Modern Japan.
Craig, Albert. Choshu in the Meiji Restoration.
Jansen, Marius. Sakamoto Ryoma and the Meiji Restoration.