This week, we cover the sengoku era history of the Shimazu clan, and their meteoric ascent from minor lords to major ones in the span of a few decades. Plus, the Tokugawa and the Shimazu, the role of sugar in the Shimazu clan’s fortunes, and the invasion of the Ryukyu islands. It’s a packed episode!
Sansom, George B. A History of Japan, Vol 2. 1334-1615
Turnbull, Stephen. The Samurai Capture a King: Okinawa, 1609.
Turnbull, Stephen. The Samurai: A Military History.
Also, while researching the grounds of some of the castles mentioned in this episode, I came across this fascinating blog that is worth a look.