This week: why did the Mongols invade Japan? How did a seemingly invincible military machine falter in its assaults on the island of Kyushu? And why, in the long term, did the Mongol invasions begin the process of bringing down the Kamakura shogunate?
Conlan, Thomas D. In Little Need of Divine Intervention: Takezaki Suenaga’s Scrolls of the Mongol Invasions of Japan
Ishii, Susumu. “The Decline of the Kamakura Bakufu.” Trans. Jeffrey P. Mass and Hitomi Tonomura in The Cambridge History of Japan, Vol III: Medieval Japan