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Tokugawa Shogunate



7. August. 2018

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The Tokugawa Shogunate was the last feudal military government in Japan, lasting from 1600 until the massive political upheaval of the Meiji Restoration in 1868. The head of the government was known as the shogun, and, like a military dictator, he would have absolute power and control—even more so than the Emperor in Kyoto, who was relegated to more of a ceremonial role. During the Tokugawa Shogunate, each successive shogun was a member of the Tokugawa clan, with the seat of power located in Edo (what is now Tokyo), so these years also became known as the Edo period.

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